STAFF REVIEW of Ms. Splosion Man (Xbox 360 Arcade)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
by Gail Countaway

Ms. Splosion Man Box art Twisted Pixel, what have you done? You allowed 'Splosion Man to get captured by evil scientists. The adventure has finally come to an end, or has it? With the scientists well on their way to a victorious celebration it all comes to halting stop when out of nowhere they have an unexpected visitor, and thus starts a brand new chapter in this explosive platformer. Ms.'Splosion Man!

You will notice that starting out on your explosive voyage, the levels start out quite easy as you learn the techniques of this puzzling 2D platformer. Don't be fooled however because each new level is faster and more action packed then the last forcing you to think quickly on the fly. The levels are not boring by any means as you will find that while making your way through each one the pace is set for you right off the get go, 'sploding up walls, gliding along rails and bouncing off of scientists and exploding barrels while wondering what traps await you as you speed through each one.

While not visually appealing, Ms.'Splosion Man comes across as "cute" strutting her stuff as she dances through the levels, her 'splosions reflect her "girl power" attitude causing a cloud of pink smoke and hearts. The sound effects are animated but tie into the cartoonish feel of the game making it a fun experience for anyone the first time they play. The background music is very limited and repetitive making it annoying after you've played through the first few levels, but not to worry you can tweak the sounds in the options menu and turn them down, or completely off altogether. One of the key things to remember in the game, is practice makes perfect and Twisted Pixel makes it a little easier on us as they have included checkpoints throughout each level. There is no doubt that there will be a little trial and error when conquering each one, so thank you Twisted Pixel for sparing our sanity. If after failing a level numerous times, you are given the option to skip it.


This game also has some replay value, as each level is set up with a "goal" time to reach. If you've missed it on your first play through you can always go back and replay the mission. Another added feature is the option to download "ghosts" and this means you can race against some of the top leaders on the leaderboards, chasing their ghostly figure as you race against the clock. Lastly, Ms.'Splosion Man features a multiplayer campaign totally separate from the single player campaign with a different storyline as well, introducing something new to you and a friend.

Whether you've played 'Splosion Man, or you are new to 'sploding, Ms.'Splosion Man is a lot of fun, and when you combine that with all of the other great things you can do it makes it a pretty amazing deal. Priced at just 800 MS points, I would say this game is a definite must have and a great addition to any gamers collection.





Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10

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