altered_confusion's Splosion Man (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

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'Splosion Man Review

'Splosion Man is an XBOX Live Arcade game from the company Twisted Pixel. In this game you will be play as a highly explosive man running through levels trying to free yourself from the lab that has trapped you. To beat the game you're going to be spending a lot of time exploding, and even more time trying to make all the guys in lab coats feel some pain. 

Graphically this game feels like an XBOX Live Arcade game, a good one. There are some camera glitches when you are trying to get through a level, but for the most part you can get a good feeling about what you have to do to get through a specific part of the level. The choice of having a spinning background between levels almost gives it an old school batman episode type of feeling. 

The sounds of the game can get a bit annoying when it comes to the guys in lab coats. It is funny for the first 10 levels, but then you're going to yearn for something a bit different.

The controls are probably the one thing that you can't screw up. If you're trying to get through a level and need to explode hit any of the 4 buttons you find on your controller (X, Y, A, B). The analog stick can be a bit over sensitive as you need to make sure, if you're trying to move fast that you are going straight left and not left and a little up. Believe me it makes a huge difference when you're trying to outrun something.

This game definitely has some charm, and I really enjoyed playing it at PAX. Getting to play the real thing lived up to what I expected. There's going to be a lot of time spent retrying a level to try to time some of the stuff that you have to do perfectly. You'll also have to sometimes think outside the box to get through a part of the level. The genius part to this game is that after you've died over and over again in a level you can take the coward's way out and skip the level. Of course your character will be wearing a pink tutu for the next level, but sometimes you've got no choice.

This is a reasonably priced game with an adventure mode, multiplayer, and time trials. I'm not going to say its the best thing out there, but there is some joy to be had by playing this game. This game gets an 8.1 out of 10.

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