There are so many games coming out on Xbox Live as of late, most of which unfortunately aren’t really worth a minute of your time. The bigger games will have a ton of press coverage or trailers that will help spread the word that they are coming out, but occasionally there will be one gem of a game that doesn’t get nearly the amount of coverage it deserves. The Splatters is one such game.
The concept behind The Splatters is incredibly simple. Each level has tiny color-coded bombs, and gooey color-coded blobs. Smash, slam, and destroy your Splatter blobs against each set of bombs to complete each level. I had no prior knowledge of this game before I started playing it, but after a few tutorial levels I was completely hooked. The Splatters is like some sort of reality TV show, and each Splatter blob can perform different tricks and stunts to build up your combo and score meter. Stunts such as a movement rewind feature, a ballistic explosive launching ability, and many more help you to take out more bombs and keep your combo meter climbing higher.
The game rewards your ability to get creative with your wanton destruction of the Splatters characters. Slam them into a set of spikes, rewind time to change the trajectory of their liquid death falling through the sky and landing on a set of bombs. If a level is giving you some difficulty, you can use the brilliant Splatter TV feature to see replays of the top 10 plays of each level, which can help you to increase your score and move on to the next stage.
The only problem I have with this game is the fact that there is absolutely no multiplayer. While there are leaderboards, there is no way to play against your friends at the same time, which with the amount of craziness going on in this game would be a real treat. However, that is a very small gripe that doesn’t truly take away from the end product whatsoever.
The Splatters is one of those games that packs a ton of fun into a little game at a very low price point. While other shorter, less interesting games now sell at the normal XBLA price of around 1200 Microsoft Points, The Splatters is only 800 Microsoft Points, and is worth every digital cent. It’s highly addictive and is challenging without being overly frustrating. I cannot recommend The Splatters enough to Xbox 36o owners. It’s the kind of game that you can either pick up and play for a few minutes, or sink a massive amount of hours deep into without realizing it. Spikysnail are coming out of the gate with a very strong first showing, and I for one can’t wait to see what these guys are gonna be doing next.
Seriously, get The Splatters. It’s only 800 Microsoft Points, is an insanely fun and addictive game, and will be available this Wednesday on Xbox Live Arcade.