Fair Use Strikes Back in This Nintendo-Bashing Anti-Copyright Brawler

'DMC Takedown: Seize and Desist' has you fight 'the man' as... almost-Mario.

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Aug 9 2017, 5:00pm

All images courtesy @aidanwaitecomma

There was once a beloved character named Grand Dad. He was a platforming genius, and his antics spread around the world. He filled as many televisions as he could with fun, delightful actions that children and adults could follow. It was good, for a time, until Nintencorp came for Grand Dad. In DMC Takedown: Seize and Desist, you play as Grand Dad. You're taking the fight to The Man, and you're doing it for all of those people who never got to experience the joy of a Grand Dad video game.

DMC Takedown isn't a complicated game, and it took me one minute and one second to complete it. It's a simple beat-em-up. Grand Dad, a character who might be getting sued by Nintencorp for a reason, who can use a punch and deploy a shield. You fight the enemies who appear on screen. Nothing about this bloodbath for justice is complex.

Don't let that deter you, though, because it's a great little brawler. The screens are less fights and more like puzzles, and I had a shocking amount of fun figuring out exactly how I could drag enemies around the screen so that I could defeat them all at once.

If you're not aware, making this kind of brawler game is actually hard. They are not the most technically sophisticated games, but making the combat feel fair and interesting, even on a screen-by-screen basis, is a challenging balance act. I am not kidding when I say that I enjoyed this minute long game enough to play it more than one time, and the fun little narrative is just icing on the cake.

DMC Takedown is a tight, small jam game that is really fun to go through a couple times in your idle moments, and that's a big accomplishment in my book.

DMC Takedown: Seize and Desist can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, and Linux on itch.io.