After a 2013 pilot episode, a mobile game, and several shorts over the past few years, August saw the long-awaited premiere of Ian James-Quartey’s superhero comedy series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes on Cartoon Network. Unlike other CN programs that wound up receiving video game adaptations later on in their run, such as Steven Universe with Attack the Light, OK K.O.! is unique in that it is debuting both a show and a tie-in video game at relatively the same time.
The show itself is inspired by a number of all-star classics and is filled to the brim with a number of tongue-in-cheek references, so it would only make sense for there to be a game for it as well. OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, developed by Capybara Games, was first revealed back at E3 2017, and a demo became playable for attendees at PAX West this year.
To those who don’t follow the endearing cartoon, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes centers on K.O., a young boy who works as a helper at Gar’s Hero Supply and Bodega, a retail shop located at Lakewood Plaza Turbo. Working alongside his best friends Enid and Radicles under the tough-as-nails Mr. Gar, K.O. is as helpful as he is eager to defend the plaza from the evil Lord Boxman and his army of robots.
The Let’s Play Heroes demo put me in K.O.’s shoes for what began as another regular workday at Gar’s bodega, with the aspiring hero excited for the release of brand new Holofoil Edition Pow Cards. These new Pow Cards operate differently from regular edition ones as they act as portals that can warp its designated hero onto the field; these tie in to the game’s battle system when not exploring the plaza, so you can summon the likes of Mr. Gar to get the mighty elbow drop of justice on Boxman’s robots or have Beardo tear across the screen in his burrito truck.
Overall, the demo was pretty short and sweet, with the objective to complete a most heroic quest: do whatever Radicles tells K.O. to do. While innocuous at first, things turn sour when Rad’s van becomes vandalized, only to—albeit in a comical fashion—discover it was the work of a Darrell. The combat wasn’t exceptionally difficult once I got the hang of bashing in Jethro, Darrell, and Shannon-bots, and the cooldowns between the beginner Powie Zowie summons was thankfully brief. The writing and dialogue also fit quite seamlessly with the tone of the show itself, quite like an actual episode, with K.O.’s own over-the-top enthusiasm delightfully intact.
You can fight ’til the end alongside best friends in OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes once it launches later this fall for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. While there’s no official confirmation for a Nintendo Switch version of the game, Cartoon Network Games exhibitors on the show floor have made note of the demand amongst attendees.