Despite a clumsy, ham-fisted title, Saban’s Power Rangers is every bit a throwback to the classic side-scrolling Streets of Rage clones I used to play as a youth. My cherished cartridge for Natsume’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers got more of a workout than anything else I played on my Super Nintendo. It was a culmination of all I loved as a kid. Leading these “kids with attitude” not as the standard fan favourite Jason Lee Scott, but as the bespectacled Billy Cranston. Because who doesn’t value science over being hip and jive or whatever kids were all about in the early nineties?
Funnily enough, Saban’s Power Rangers isn’t a tie-in or companion title to the Lionsgate film reboot coming out in just a couple of months time.
Though the overarching themes and story beats will likely be similar, this game is more or less a reimagining of the television series that millennials were glued to as kids. Zordon, an all-powerful disembodied head, not unlike Oz the Great and Powerful, cherry picks five Angel Grove “kids with attitude” before bestowing them with coins, spilling over with powers derived from the great dinosaurs that once roamed the globe.