Review: ‘Splosion Man

During the Summer of Arcade 2009, Twisted Pixel released the sidescrolling Platformer ‘Splosion Man. Let’s take a look at this XBLA release and see if it’s worth those precious Microsoft points.

Story:

Put simply ‘Splosion Man doesn’t really have much of a story. A lab of scientists have been doing experiments and created the character you play as, known only as ‘Splosion Man. Assumingly fearing this creation, the Scientists are trying to prevent you from escaping their lab and send wave after wave of puzzles and robots for you to defeat on your escape to freedom.

Gameplay:

The controls for ‘Splosion Man are rather simple, Directional stick to move, RT to self-destruct if you mess up and a, b, x and y all make you “Splode”, which is how you jump, kill enemies and do practically anything in ‘Splosion Man. So with this simple control scheme you’ll quickly be running to freedom. The puzzles in ‘Splosion man will test how well you can control your character as well as test reflex’s and your sense of judgement. The game is split into 2 modes, single-player and multi-player. Both modes have 50 levels, being different between single-player and multi-player, so there is effectively 100 levels to play, 6 of those being boss levels. The difficulty of levels isn’t hard to start with but does get progressively more difficult, with the last few levels being so annoyingly painstaking that you’ll be resisting the urge to rip off your scalp.

Graphics and Audio:

Twisted Pixel did a splendid job with the graphical look of ‘Splosion Man. It is colourful and engaging and makes the game feel like a 3D cartoon. This fits in with the theme of humour that lies throughout ‘Splosion Man, with Scientists turning into Steaks and Sausages when ‘sploded, all sorts of gags in the cutscenes and the way ‘Splosion Man behaves, you cant help but smile atleast once during a playthrough of this platformer. The soundtrack accompanying the graphics is brilliant and lighthearted. Again fitting with the humourous theme.

Conclusion:

This humourous and unique platformer is a lot of fun to play and if you aren’t a fan of platformers atleast try out the trial version. It’s a brilliant game that’s loads of fun to play whether alone or with friends.

Pros:

  • Brilliant Artstyle
  • Fun gameplay
  • Addicting soundtrack

Cons:

  • Disappointing boss fights

Verdict: Buy!

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About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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