Thursday, April 7, 2011

DEMO: Slam Bolt Scrappers (PS3)

Slam Bolt Scrappers on PSN for PS3

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Genre: Combat Puzzler
Full Game Price: $14.99
No. of Players: 1-4

In 5 words: mutant, challenging, fun, crazy, overwhelming

In nature, mutation is an interesting device. It takes a proven lifeform and changes it into something differentiable from the original, then waits to see how it survives. If the mutated lifeform lives long enough, it becomes proven and mutation can iterate further. The same process happens in the gaming world. Take a proven concept, mutate it, and see how it survives. Slam Bolt Scrappers is a Tetris mutant in the best sense of the word.

Developed by (the aptly named) Fire Hose Games, Slam Bolt Scrappers takes the basic idea of Tetris-style building, and combines elements of Super Puzzle Fighter and Street Fighter to make one amazingly overwhelming gaming experience. There's so much to do in Slam Bolt Scrappers, it feels like you're trying to drink from a...wait for hose. While not immediately accessible to less-experienced gamers, Slam Bolt Scrappers is a game that veterans should enjoy from the get-go.

In Slam Bolt Scrappers, you take control of a flying builder who organizes a tower. Form squares of the same color to create weapons and defenses on your tower. The larger the square, the more powerful the weapon. To collect more blocks, fight with pigs and ninjas in the air. To keep your opponent(s) from building, attack them personally. You can even rearrange your tower on the fly. Destroy your opponent(s)'s tower(s), and you win.

Sound easy? It's not! Slam Bolt Scrappers makes full use of the PS3 controller's myriad buttons, and while learning the controls is a fairly simple task, mastering them is not. The demo lasts about 20-30 minutes and is representative of the game as a whole. The graphics are really fun and nicely done, and with cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, the crazy carnage on offer in Slam Bolt Scrappers is theoretically unlimited.

Slam Bolt Scrappers is right up there with Gran Turismo 5 for me: both are great reasons to buy a PS3 (I actually played this demo on my father's PS3). The game, while overwhelming, is also highly intriguing. It left me exhausted, yet wanting more. It also makes me wonder what the Slam Bolt Scrappers mutant games will be like. At only $14.99, this mutant combination of challenging puzzle-fighting looks like a steal. Now, if I only had a PS3...but don't let that stop you! PS3 owners: be sure to check out this demo.

Demo Gamer Stats:
Age range: 6+
Demo length: 20-30 minutes
Demo worth playing? Oh yeah.
Full game worth buying? Yes. Makes me sad to not own a PS3.

Played Slam Bolt Scrappers yet? Did you like it? Sound off in the comments!

--Demo Gamer

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