Review: Jay and Silent Bob: Mallbrawl

Updated: Jun 10

Publisher: The Media Indie Exchange

Developer: Interabang

Release: May 7, 2020

Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch

Also on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

If your formative years were the 80s, you certainly played a lot of beat ‘em ups like Double Dragon or River City Ransom. These games forged friendships as you and your couch co-op friend would spend hours trying to figure out a strategy to beat the next boss. And while these games were fantastic, they were hard as heck. And it wasn’t just the bosses either. The dreaded lag monster would rear its ugly head right when you were surrounded by enemies, trying to jump across a seemingly impossible pit, only to be thrown off by the lag, and falling to your doom. These games stress me out and while I really enjoyed my time playing these games as a kid, I am not running to boot up my old consoles to give those games another run.

So you can understand my hesitation to pick up Jay and Silent Bob: Mallbrawl when it was released. Flashbacks of impossible jumps, hours of frustration, and lag monsters filled my mind when I saw the game. However, being a huge fan of Kevin Smith movies, and in particular, Jay and Silent Bob, I really couldn’t resist the temptation. What finally got me to pick up the game was watching a promotional stream of the game, and the player was saying how challenging the game was. It was at that moment that a little voice in my head said “You can do this, this game is right up your alley”.

Now, I’m not a competitive person by nature, but when I saw the challenge that this game offered, I had to test my skills. And I’m so glad I picked it up. The game is everything that I hoped for and without the irritation of lag. I absolutely love this game.

The game picks up right after Mallrats. You play as Jay or Silent Bob, or play co-op with a friend, and you are trying to escape the mall to get back to the Quickstop. The game is your classic beat ‘em up - one butto