Studio HG is a one man band Indie developer. And that really suprised me due to the polish Smashing the Battle has. StB is the first title he/ they have created, it uses controller only gameplay which may discourage many Gear VR users, because they will have to shell out close to 60 $ for a good game controller that utilizes all the buttons needed to play the game. I was using a Moga Power Pro.
The story of the game is as follows, in 2085, at Multiplex Construction Site.
In the bleak hour of midnight, Beholder Industries, a huge multi industrial corporation became a victim of a massive scale hacking attack. Causing the construction androids, or ‘Constructors’ to begin to attack workers, turning the huge multiplex construction site to be home base of the group responsible.
Sarah and Mary, who were trapped behind enemies lines Find massive power armor and have to fight their way out and restore order. It’s a really good thing they also have mad fighting skills. It must have been a prerequisite in the job description.
My first impression is that this game has very good, bright graphics. The female models were modeled with alot of detail and have very bouncy personalitys, with gravity defying anatomy for which Anime is famous for. The music is so-so, but also what I would expect from this type of game.
The gameplay is a isometric hack-a-thon, Simular to the golden age game Smash T.V. or Diablo, where you destroy waves of eniemes to gather currency to upgrade your character so you can more efficiently defeat your enemies. The games Currency, of which their are two types. The first one is gold coins, they help you upgrade your characters in several different areas. HP ( hit points ), SP (Special Attack ), Armor, ATK ( Standard Attack ) You also recieve scrap from the robots you destroy which unlocks 4 different outfits for both characters.
I was impressed with all of the different ways you can attack the robots. The Magnet bomb was my favorite because it would magneticly pull all the enimies all to one spot, so I could use another special ability, Giant Spanner, to destroy the whole group of enimies at once and recieve a Massive bonus. There are also land mines for eniemes that chase you around. and a roll button for dodging robot attacks. As you progress through the 30 levels ( in normal mode, 80 in challanging mode) present enviromental hazards such as Fire or Giant spinning arms with spikes, that hurt you if you touch them. That variety of gameplay makes the game fun and stratigic.
I really like this game, it’s a fun mindless hack and slash. I really doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, other than being in VR and being able to look around in all directions. But I found the view refreshing for the genre itself. And while hack and slash games can get repetitive very quickly, I seem to find them fun, because sometimes when I play a game I don’t want to have to use my brain, I don’t want to search, or complete another snatch and grab item quest. I just want to blow stuff up.. this game scratches this itch for me in VR.
I wanted to get a second opinion from my kids. I let my daughter ( she’s 12 ) play and she wouldnt give the headset back. My son ( he’s 14 ) is more of a jaded gamer, he didn’t care for it, and was more blown away at the size of the charaters assets than the game itself. My wife played a level and didn’t see the point to the game at all. So it’s not for all types of gamers. It’s not with out it’s flaws by any means. It freezes, from time to time. Mostly when you remove the headset, then put it back on. And sometimes the health bar freezes not allowing you to see your true health.
So is it worth the 10 dollar price tag? I’m conflicted. I want to say yes for the reedeeming fact that I enjoy this type of gameplay. And the graphical quality that has been rare on the Gear VR, even more so by a Indie one man band Developer. But i’ve also seen better hack and slash on my phone for cheaper. Dungeon Hunter, not only looks better but has a long replay value for free ( with in app purchases ). yes.. yes.. it’s on a 2d screen and not VR.. and made a huge multi million dollar developer who can pull something like that off and not just a single person. But it is a simular type of mobile game. On the plus side it’s also out on the Occulus Rift and PSVR for 20$ And we get Mary unlocked right out of the gate! And we can play it where ever we go. so i’m going to say we are getting a good deal and worth 10$.
If you would like to see a video review head over to my youtube channel and see the gameplay for yourself click on this link. Nate Miller Channel
If you would like to check out more about the developer, and follow his progress and check out the process of development of Smashing the Battle you can check out his face book page GameStudioHG or follow him on twitter. @Studio_HG