Slam Bolt Scrappers Review

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I got the chance to see this game in action at PAX East and I have to admit I didn't get a chance to play it but I was intrigued. So I've downloaded it to the PlayStation Network and given it a spin. The best way to describe this game is a battle block building game. The object of the game is to collect blocks of the same color and make squares with them to create weapons that will attack the opponents weapons. The object is to take out all the weapons from your opponent to win the game. There is, however, a catch. You're going to have to obtain blocks by defeating flying enemies, while trying to ward off your opponent who will be trying to do the same thing. There are two modes to play around with, both of them are for single console only, there's no online play with this game. You can either do the campaign mode which is used primarily to unlock goodies and stages, and then there's the battle mode which you get to utilize your unlocked weapons and stages against opponents.

Graphically this looks like a sharp downloadable game. It's not going to blow your mind away but there's enough there that its going to be easy on the eyes. The screen does get a bit busy with enemies, blocks and whatnot from time to time, but this never effects the frame rate of the game. You're going to eventually have six different choices as your character and there's the ability to palette shift a bit to make the character your own.

The music really doesn't blow me away, to be honest I was so honed in on the action that I barely even noticed that it was there. That's not to say it wasn't any good, but it also did not leave an impression on me. 

The controls take a bit to get used to. The magic button for this game is going to be circle. That's going to be the button that you use to drop the blocks into place. You'll also be using the square and X button to attack with. Finally you'll use the R2 and L2 buttons to rotate the blocks.

Although the campaign mode does feel a bit short, and there are times where I was truly lost as to what I needed to do in certain levels, the overall enjoyment of the game outweighed the frustration. Each level has different levels of difficulty that you can attempt as well as record times for 1 to 4 players. I can definitely see that the main attraction of this game is going to be the battle mode where you and friends can test your skills against one another or against bots. I do have to say that I really like the inclusion of bots as it would make for a really strange game if you were only allowed to play battle mode with 2 or 4 players.

Now there's also some power ups to help turn the tide of battle. My personal favorite is the one that allows a player to steal a weapon from your opponents area and then have the chance to just drop it into yours, as long as you don't die before doing so. There's also the ability to take out some of the weapons. All power ups come from Ninjas, and if you don't have the green ninja's power you can't directly attack your opponent's blocks, you'll have to rely on your weapons taking care of them. 

I do hope that this isn't all that there's going to be for this game, I could definitely see some small additions that could give this game even further legs, but as it stands now this is a good downloadable game from the PSN that you and your friends can get some serious enjoyment out of. This game gets a 7.9 out of 10

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