Excerpt: Slam Bolt Scrappers has been a game I’ve been looking forward to for the better part of a year. I had the pleasure of previewing the game twice over the past 12 months, once at PAX East, and then again, later at PAX Prime. Both times I had a blast with the game. I found myself blown away with the ingenious premise and manic gameplay, but somehow, the final game hasn’t quite matched my previous experiences.
Excerpt: End of the month and looking for something to spend your last 500MB on? So, what does the mighty PlayStation Store have to offer? You could get some game add-ons, map packs or themes, or there just might another option. If you find yourself feeling both nostalgic for some old school puzzle solving and hungry for an altogether different type of action all at the same time, then give Slam Bolt Scrappers a run for its money.
Excerpt: Slam Bolt Scrappers is one of those funky games that some creative thinker dreams up but rarely finds the courage or resources to make. What if Tetris had guns and explosions? What if you could clobber other players with flying avatars while sorting blocks? And what if you could pilfer power-ups from airborne ninjas?
Pros: Unique combination of Tetris and brawling, Fast-paced four-player mode
Cons: No online multiplayer, Short campaign, Overly steep learning curve
Excerpt: The puzzle genre has not seen innovation in some time. Sure, Puzzle Quest upped the ante a bit, but something so far out there that makes you step back and re-think your strategy has been in remission.
Pros: + Addictive co-op play, + Tons to unlock, + Great mesh of genres
Cons: Lack of online, Learning curve might turn off some
Conclusion: Though it’s quite unique and does a good job of mixing different genres together into one game, Slam Bolt Scrappers is a ho-hum experience. There are some really strong elements and good ideas implemented, but its campaign is very brief with little replay value. The inclusion of online multiplayer battles would have made the game a much more robust and engaging experience, adding length and interest.
Excerpt: Super Smash Bros, Castle Crashers, Tower Defense and Tetris walk into a bar... Hidden off on one of the Indie Alleys of PAX was Fire Hose Games' Slam Bolt Scrappers, and like so many indie titles SBS packed all its unassuming charm into a fast and furious battle (and a couple of fireman hats). When you first snag a controller and enter a game it's easy to crumble under the visual onslaught that nears Japanese advert levels.
Conclusion: There’s no doubt that fans of action puzzle games like Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo will instantly be attracted to Slam Bolt Scrappers. It’s fun, exciting, and different enough to keep you entertained for hours on end. We’d love to see a patch for online multiplayer in the future, but for now we’re satisfied with this hot new title from Fire Hose Games.