If you haven’t noticed, 2022 has by far become the year that media conglomerates capitalize on ownership of disparate properties. You can clearly see it in the realm of video games like MultiVersus and the final boss of the crazy crossovers, Fortnite. Not to be left out, popular manga publisher Shonen Jump has also dived into the video game crowd with a crossover game of its own.
Captain Velvet Meteor: The Dimensions Jump+ is a 2D isometric tactical video game developed by Momo-Pi, the people behind the turn-based puzzle game persephone. You play as Damien, a meek boy struggling with his family’s recent move from France to Japan. Unfortunately, Damien doesn’t get a chance to air his grievances with his parents because they left him home alone with a to-do list. Fortunately for Damien, he has a vivid imagination that helps him move faster and combat his lingering anxieties about loneliness. Whenever Damien feels overwhelmed, like dealing with small talk with a noisy neighbor or calming down his nervous dog, he recontextualizes the scenarios as if he were in a manga. Through this lens, he transforms into the manga’s fearless protagonist, Captain Velvet Meteor.
Captain Velvet MeteorCombat is similar to live aliveThe token-centric combat system of , albeit much more simplified. You control Captain Meteor and a character from Shonen Jump as they navigate through puzzles and turn-based battles. Because characters share a health bar, their positioning plays a big role in how battles play out. Successfully defeating hordes of enemies rewards you with a renewed health bar and increased movement points. While the initial levels play like a fun anime game of checkers, its later levels spice things up by transforming into a challenging game of chess. His climactic final boss fights, which often include cool designs like a giant kaiju dog, are a blitzkrieg of frenetic combat intertwined with traps and waves of enemies.
Where Captain Velvet Meteor shines through is that he’s not going the easy way in making Damien’s machinations involve heroic team-ups with well-established protagonists from Shonen Jump like Goku from Dragon Ball Zor Naruto Uzumaki from naruto (they are probably too busy wreaking havoc on Fortnite). Instead, Damien joins the newer and moderately lesser-known shonen protagonists:
- loid forger of Spy x Family
- Kafka’s Hibino Kaiju No.8
- Gabimaru’s paradise from hell
- Ushio Kofune from Representation of daylight saving time
- Chloe Love and Kai Iod from Ghost Reaper Girl
- chrome strip heart gear
- Princess Y Ex of It’s “torture” time, princess
- Slime Life Slime
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before playing Captain Velvet MeteorI would only read Spy x Family, Kaiju No.8Y paradise from hell and he was lost every time the other roughly 62.5 percent of Damian’s manga favorites appeared on screen. While most crossover games ignore the premise of their contrasting properties for the novelty of their pointless crossovers, Captain Velvet Meteor avoids this pitfall by creating a gripping story that respects its manga’s source material with battles that capture its energy and tells its own story.
To my surprise, the game not only successfully achieved its not-so-subtle marketing goal of generating my interest in reading other manga properties by providing a rough synopsis of their stories, but also weaved together a compelling story in which each character imparts moving life advice to Damián. If that’s not the definition of being a hero, I don’t know what is.
It’s not often that a video game crafts a well-thought-out story as the basis for its cheeky fanservice crossover, but Captain Velvet Meteor he has his cake and eats it too. And it’s damn delicious.