What is Unit 4 all about? Well, here is an official description:
“An evil alien army has stolen the sacred artifact of our heroes tribe while invading their home planet. Similar reports are coming from other planets and the solar system will decay without the power of these artifacts. Our heroes will begin an epic journey to uncover the truth behind this invasion. Who are these aliens? What are they trying to accomplish? Can our heroes recover the artifacts before their entire solar system starts to collapse? Experience the ultimate old-school platforming mayhem: perform impossible tricks, play with your friends and get ready to save the universe!”
Unit 4 features four different characters, each one boasting a unique skill: Agility, Strength, Engineering, and Mysticism. Each character comes equipped with dynamic movement, and a unique ability that enables more variation in playstyle. Levels are filled with “crazy jumps, dangerous and ruthless enemies, deadly traps, and logic-based puzzles.”
The game can be played both in single and cooperative multiplayer up to four players. In the single player mode players can swap characters instantly, which allows for a complex combination of dynamic movement.
Notably, the game does not feature any health system, and all damage taken from enemies or traps will result in instant death. Along with the core platforming, Unit 4 also contains a minigame element and space exploration.
For more information, be sure to visit the game’s website. Unit 4 is set to release sometime in Q1 2017.
I’m starting to become a smidge burnt out on all these retro platformers. Unit 4 looks decent, but honestly it makes me yearn to play some more Shovel Knight.
Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.