Excerpt: ‘Splosion Man was an immense success, a puzzle platform game that required quick thinking and even quicker reflexes. The game also had a offbeat sense of humor, which made it a little easier to take when you missed a jump by a fraction of an inch (again and again). A sequel seemed to make sense and now Ms. ‘Splosion Man has arrived. Not content to just slap on a pink bow, Twisted Pixel has crafted a game that is superior to the original in all aspects.
Summary: Twisted Pixel pushed its way onto the Xbox LIVE Arcade scene earlier this year with The Maw . An original title based on an original IP, we thought it was pretty damned impressive for the studio's first effort. Its sophomore effort, another original Xbox LIVE Arcade title called 'Splosion Man , looks to continue the studio's tradition of working with unique and original IP.
Summary: Ms. Splosion Man is one of my favorite platformers to date. Like the original , it's charming, engaging challenging, and really put Twisted Pixel on the map for me. The mobile version translates most of the magic of the original to iOS in favor of serviceable touch controls, and a smoother graphical output. But it also shows the darker side of mobile gaming quite well.
Excerpt: Off in the distance I can hear a familiar radiating jingle, an audible clue to a nearby hidden treasure. It is a pair of shoes. In the other direction is safety and, perhaps, the end of the level. The struggle to reach this point has already been quite exhausting, and I know if I am to attempt to claim the shoes as my own there will surely be sinister traps waiting in the shadows to claim me first.
Summary: " Ms ‘Splosion Man " is a tightly designed experience. True it is let down by some issues where visual design disrupts the level design but for the most part it is an incredibly solid continuation of the 'Splosion franchise. Building on the strong foundations set by the original with more environmental elements offering interesting new challenges, comic style and platforming action, it is hard not to recommend.
Conclusion: Our conclusive advice is to avoid the single player in anything but very small doses when your chums aren’t around and stick to the co-op almost exclusively. It’s the reason the score you see attached to this review isn’t as low as you might have expected it to be from the rest of the review. Of course, chop at least a couple of points off the total if you don’t have any friends to play with and can’t stand the thought of trying to solve puzzles with random people.
Excerpt: Twisted Pixel has a recipe for success, but they’re not exactly keeping it a secret. First, you’ll need one part Sonic the Hedgehog , one part Bomberman and one part N+ . Second, you’ll need to take the first three ingredients and cram them all into a can of Cherry 7Up. Add in a pack of Pop Rocks for good measure and you’re almost set. Lastly, you’ll need to shake it all up as violently as you can, and then slam it down onto the ground.
Pros: Fresh atmosphere, Fast pace, Smooth mechanics
Excerpt: Any successful brand of entertainment worth its weight in quarters will have inspired a pinball machine theme somewhere along the way; The Simpsons, Star Wars, Kiss, etc. You can add Ms. Splosion Man to that list, now that ZEN Studios and Twisted Pixel have teamed up to bring us Ms. Splosion Man Pinball , an additional pinball table for Pinball FX2 . These days, few people spend their time in arcades (assuming one can even be found).
Pros: Great fan service/Ms. Splosion Man references, Depth beyond typical pinball game