Review: 'Splosion Man

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Review: 'Splosion Man

Take Portal, mix in some Super Mario, add a dash of psychosis, and voila: You have 'Splosion Man.

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alright. serious buisines. i will no longer use the word explosion anymore!

Wow, and here I was thinking the game looked crappy and that I'd never spend points on it. Next time I have MS points, I'm downloading this!

As for your opening bit, Susan, I had the sort of thing with The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, which turned into one of my favorite Live Arcade games.

Well, when I finally get round to buying an XBox I may have to buy this, it looks like a few hours of silly fun.

Thanks Susan!

Everybody loves Do-oughnuts
I know I do-ooo

So, like Portal, there will be cake?

I'll get my coat

Wow. I was on the fence on this one, but this is something I'm now definitly getting.

I would rather say Portal + Jumper.

Seems like a hella fun game.

I love the "'splosion" variants =P!

Very happy that Escapist got this review up. This game has been nothing but great fun for myself and a few friends in the past week. Even better it was a Susan Arendt review which just adds so much gravitas to a great little game.

I can only mention that you didn't mention the amazing thing that is Multiplayer (haha I read Susan's comment at the end of the article just now. ARG!). As fun and challenging as the single player is, the multiplayer adds a laugh out loud element of cooperation between 2-4 people. The requirement of sploding your teammates to gain access to certain areas just adds a little something else to the game. Of course the extra 50 levels of multiplayer doesn't hurt the longevity either.

As an added funny I have to strongly recommend you watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsKjxErG5rg

Don't worry it's not spoiling anything from the game... but you might just get an idea of what to expect from beating the game. Actually I don't think anyone could expect what you see at the end of the game. Needless to say someone has finally outdone the Portal end credits.

I am almost completely in love w/ this game. Now only if it had tits... ;)

like portal it haz cake, 47 cakes.

Good fun and my god that "way of the coward" came in handy. Playing this while drunk without a WOTC option would result in smashed consoles.

And for those looking for mpay fun, try four player coop where u r the only one with a mic. this is where the countdown button comes into its own.

That's freaking amazing. Makes me want to go get an Xbox. Any chance of a port to Steam?

Wandrecanada:
Very happy that Escapist got this review up. This game has been nothing but great fun for myself and a few friends in the past week. Even better it was a Susan Arendt review which just adds so much gravitas to a great little game.

I can only mention that you didn't mention the amazing thing that is Multiplayer (haha I read Susan's comment at the end of the article just now. ARG!). As fun and challenging as the single player is, the multiplayer adds a laugh out loud element of cooperation between 2-4 people. The requirement of sploding your teammates to gain access to certain areas just adds a little something else to the game. Of course the extra 50 levels of multiplayer doesn't hurt the longevity either.

I know, I know, I do feel really bad about not covering the co-op options, but I genuinely just could not stop playing the single player mode. And the game is so good just for that, I consider co-op to be just a big fat bonus. I can't believe the game is only ten bucks. So much goodness.

Thanks for the comments about co-op, you helped fill out that part of this review. :)

Everbody loves douughnuts, i know i dooo...

The_root_of_all_evil:
So, like Portal, there will be cake?

I'll get my coat

What's more, according to NoMoreSanity, the achievement for finding every cake is entitled "Not a Portal reference."

The full Donuts, Go Nuts! song

Ahhh, what a lovely singing voice you have Susan ;D
I would pay good money to have you sing me a lulaby every night xD

This game is simply brilliant. I played the demo, and decided for a mere 800 points, this was worth buying. The multi-player is brilliant too, but a tad hard in places. The portal-cake reference achievement is brilliant too.

Even if this game doesn't look right or fun, just download the demo, I guarantee you will enjoy it.

most awesome theme song everrrrrrrrr 0_0 "everybody loves donuts i know i do" lol

Played this 4 player the the other day... absolutely insane, absolutely fun too.

This game looks totally awesome, I'll have to try it.

I saw: "It's got some Portal elements in it" and immediately thought about getting it. I love Portal so much it's almost unhealthy. A friend recommended I should get it, too, and now after reading the review, I'll be getting hold of some good ol' MS points, and blowing myself to kingdom come. I hate games with ridiculous difficulty curves, so I'll definitely be giving it a shot.

Ahhh I wish I could play this... The main character looks very lovable fair play.
'SPLOSION!

I played the trial and seemed rather dull. I usually like this sort of thing so I'm surprised at this review. Maybe I'll have to give it another chance.

I was actually very intrigued by this game the first time I saw anything about it, and it's good to see that it it's lived up to that. Now to wait for a PC port :(

For everyone who was disappointed by the trial you have to give the game another chance. The trial levels are by far the easiest the game has to offer. The difficulty and fun ramps up rather quickly after you get out of the first few easy levels.

The game is fairly long as well. Single player has 50 levels and it took me the good parts of 2 days to power through them. Might not sound long but when your used to beating XBL arcade games in a couple hours this is huge in length. Plus thats without me collecting all the cakes or trying to get on par time in every level. I also skipped 2 levels so that shortened my time a bit.

The multiplayer is probably whats going to keep this game going though. It is soooo much fun to play with 4 friends. The only downside to it is that it seems to dc a lot but that could be because the game is still fairly new. Playing with random people can be a little harder but even then the game features a countdown time so that even without headsets everyone knows when to splode.

In short if you have ten dollars, buy this. Personally I would have paid far more for it so lets be glad it's only 10 bucks!

Edit: If you guys like the Donuts song wait till you see the music video after you beat the game. That had me laughing so hard. We're gonna be seeing a lot of Splosion Men running around this halloween. =p

I so wish I had oh well I guess I only have a few weeks to wait till my Xbox 360 comes back from the 3 red rings of death hospital... *sigh* I'm gonna sit in a corner figure out ways I could 'splode till I get this game *sadface*

Slycne:
The full Donuts, Go Nuts! song

This is my new favorite song. I am so getting this game. Just because of that, right there.

This game makes me wish I had an Xbox. And that song makes me wish I had a doughnut.

Why is it that XBLA games make me want a 360 more than the full titles. Although, so far I can't help but feel a little bit of hypocrisy. Way of the Coward seems to have so far been taken positively, but Nintendo's Demo Play has been almost universally bashed.

RRilef:
Although, so far I can't help but feel a little bit of hypocrisy. Way of the Coward seems to have so far been taken positively, but Nintendo's Demo Play has been almost universally bashed.

I think the bashing of demo play is unnecessary. I really don't see the problem with it.

RRilef:
Why is it that XBLA games make me want a 360 more than the full titles. Although, so far I can't help but feel a little bit of hypocrisy. Way of the Coward seems to have so far been taken positively, but Nintendo's Demo Play has been almost universally bashed.

This game is very, very, very hard in the later levels. So hard in fact that if it wasn't for Way of the Coward a lot of people wouldn't make it to the end of the game. Not mentioning that to even be able to use Way of the Coward you first have to die an obscene amount of times in one section of a level. Then the game penalizes you heavily for using Way of the Coward by giving you a 999:999:999 time for that level and giving you 0 points. It also makes that level not count towards the complete single player achievement. In order to get the achievment you can't use Way of the Coward.

So yeah, big difference in the two systems.

Edit: I don't personally care about the Nintendo Demo play. I don't hate it and I understand why it's there. Just saying the two systems are very different.

I eyed up this one but I'm saving my pennies as I'm being served a big dish of credit crunchies right now... but I do love donuts and that song is amazing.

RRilef:
Why is it that XBLA games make me want a 360 more than the full titles. Although, so far I can't help but feel a little bit of hypocrisy. Way of the Coward seems to have so far been taken positively, but Nintendo's Demo Play has been almost universally bashed.

1. XBLA is awesome and evil. It takes out the annoying head into town just for one video game trek that saved my wallet so much strain (kinda like steam)
2. The nintendo demo play takes control away and shows you how it's done, taking challenge out of completing the game. Whereas the way of the coward seems to just skip it and let you come back to it, but you'll still need to figure it out when you go back to it.
It doesn't give away the secret to complete it, but you can still make the pain of being stuck on one point go away.

I've experienced that many a time in adventure games (Broken sword) where one menial puzzle has me stuck because I don't click on an insignificant bit of background, so I leave the game and don't play for months out of a sulk.

Ok, I've played the game for about 3 hours now and its fucking awesome.

Haven't played an arcade game this good since Braid.

There's one problem. Every time I pick up Donuts I just can't put him down. His song is just so awesome. I just end up walking around listening to this song. I don't want to kill the guy.

your voice...
good review, im $10 less now.

This proves it, I have to get it! Played the trial, fell in love with it. Now it just calls for me, whispering it's awesomeness in my ear.

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