Twisted Pixel Games’ original Splosion Man game — a 2.5D action platform title exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade — became quite a hit with both gamers and critics when it first launched back in 2009, and was even voted by the XBLA community as the ‘Best Original Xbox Live Arcade Game’ of 2009. Now it looks as though the sequel, Ms. Splosion Man, could well be heading in the same direction.
Although the much-anticipated sequel hasn’t quite made it onto Xbox Live Arcade just yet (due to launch on July 13th), it hasn’t stopped the early reviews from surfacing. If the impressive review scores are anything to go by, then the Ms. Splosion Man game is definitely worth downloading. In fact, a couple of gaming websites even gave it a perfect or almost perfect score.
For example, Daemon Hatfield from IGN gave the game an overall score of 9.0/10, describing it as an excellent and thrilling platformer. According to this reviewer, the Ms. Splosion Man game is bigger, harder and faster than the original. Daemon says that although he wasn’t too keen on the look of the world maps, the levels themselves are colourful with plenty of personality.
Meanwhile, Terry Terrones from the gamepro.com website gave the Ms. Splosion Man game a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Not only does the game provide 50 single player stages to complete, it also offers 50 co-op stages, unlockables and even ghost replays. The most enjoyable part of the game in Terry’s opinion is the sense of humor, with most of the laughs coming from Ms. Splosion Man’s dialogue.
Nick Chester from destructoid.com on the other hand gave the Ms. Splosion Man game an almost perfect score of 9.5/10. Nick notes that although some areas can become slightly frustrating, nothing really feels impossible. According to this reviewer, the Ms. Splosion Man game is a step up in every aspect from the 2009 original.
Another impressive review score comes from Charles Tyldsley over at game-pad.net, who gave the game an overall rating of 8.2 out of 10. A welcome addition to the game in Charles’ opinion is ‘The Mall,’ where players can spend their gold — earned through completing levels — on various unlockables such as concept art, avatar items and even a new mode.
Charles also praises the game for its multiplayer, which enables up to 4 players to enjoy the game either locally or online. The final review comes from MrB4 over at tqcast.com, who gave it an overall score of 4.5 out of 10. This reviewer says that although the game can be rather frustrating at times, it still stands out as one of the premier downloadable titles on Xbox Live Arcade.
You can read the full reviews via the links provided. Are you waiting to download the Ms. Splosion Man game?