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Xbox Live Arcade Review: ‘Splosion Man

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Every year Microsoft gives their Live subscribers a couple of major summer games. This summer's weekly gaming has come to a 'splosive start with 'Splosion Man. A must have puzzle game.

Before you start playing you must know that there is only one move that you can do and it is 'splode. Like I said people, it is a puzzle game and you have to find your way around 50 levels blowing yourself up to reach ladders, platforms, dodging lasers and gun shots, and fighting machines that come after you.

The puzzles are really solid. They are well thought out and you have to use everything that you have learned from the previous levels to beat new ones. Don't worry though, there is help for you. There are hint markers in the beginning of each level to tell you how to handle the different situations. If you still are stuck the game has other helpers, for instance, if you die a certain number of times in a level it lets you skip that level.

The character design in the game also has to be mentioned. 'Splosion Man does not say a word, but they gave him personality. Even without talking, he is funny. The guy also has a handful of idle animations that he will go through if you don't touch the controller. However, why would you want to do that? You will be so busy trying to figure out the puzzles and then once you do, using the time trial mode aiming to get your name on the Xbox Live Leaderboards that you're not going to have the time or inclination to drop the controller.

The game also has a co-op mode that is different then the single player version. The co-op has 50 levels for you and can be done with up to four players, either online or ones sitting right next to you. If you think help will make it easier though, you're wrong. The co-op is harder because not only will you have to use every trick from the single player mode, but you can explode off of other players to reach ledges in the co-op, too.

'Splosion Man contains other Live features too — custom soundtracks, multiplayer matches, and custom downloads among them. The best part is that it's only 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

'Splosion Man is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the ESRB for Cartoon Violence.


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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/mike-mason/ Mike Mason

    I would definitely refer to it as a platformer rather than a puzzle game, but yeah, great game. I don’t think I can see anything else in XBLA’s Summer of Live Arcade ’09 topping this, with the possible exception of Shadow Complex.