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Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD Review (PSN)

 
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At A Glance...
 

Formats: PS3
 
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Final Score
6.5
6.5/ 10


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Colorful fun for the whole family.

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Doesn't work too well with standard controller.


Final Fiendish Findings?

If you are looking for a shooting gallery game to finally pick up the torch from Duck Hunt, then Wicked Monsters BLAST! probably isn’t the place to start looking. In fact, I would say it’s probably closer to Punch the Monkey than Duck Hunt, but it’s still not without its charms. The game does feature colorful characters and a playful animation style that will likely appeal to younger crowds. It’s also a fun enough of a game that I won’t want to stab myself in the leg when the youngsters come and ask me to join in for some multiplayer action. Just make sure you have your move controllers charged up first.

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Posted December 10, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Wicked Monsters BLAST! is a shooting gallery style game. Few shooters have taken a hold of the gaming market as much as Duck Hunt did, but they still try. It’s not a genre flooded with titles, but there inevitably ends up being a few new additions each year. How does this one fare?

Wicked Monsters BLAST! is a fun game, but the controls are certainly more Move motion controller friendly despite being able to just use a normal dual shock controller. With some practice, I’m sure you could become pretty proficient with a normal controller, but the Move motion controllers have a much less steep learning curve to them, and a much more natural feel when playing the game.

The animation style is a very colorful, anime cartoon style. The stories for the characters when going through arcade mode are pretty simple and silly. It’s obvious Wicked Monsters BLAST! is geared to cater to a younger audience, and it seems to be a really good game for that demographic.

Wicked Monsters BLAST! features several game play modes. Arcade mode allows for you to run through a series of games for an individual character. Successfully completing the arcade mode for a character will unlock the other modes, and also other mini games. When you first start out with the game, you only have access to the arcade mode.

Family mode is essentially the same as arcade mode except you aren’t facing randomly selected mini games. The mini games are selected by the participating players, and the mini games can be duplicated. This mode doesn’t really have an overwhelming reason to do it over arcade mode unless someone is really jonesing to play a specific mini game.

Survival mode in Wicked Monsters BLAST! is a single player only mode where you go as far as you can through a series of mini games without failing. The other modes allow you to miss three mini games before you lose. Survival mode will remain locked until you complete arcade mode for the four original characters in the game, but if you like the multiplayer aspect, this will probably be a low goal on your radar.

Of all the modes, arcade mode seems to be the most important as that’s the one you need to run through to unlock all the other modes. It’s likely, especially early on, that most of your time will be spent in this mode to unlock the other modes and characters.

The mini games in Wicked Monsters BLAST! feature a lot of different styles. Most are a shoot the target style mixed in with games where you protect yourself from attacking objects or protecting other objects on the screen. There is also a matching game where it shows you a card and you have to shoot the matching card. Most of these games start out easy and progress to be more and more difficult, as the mini game progresses and the time for the level decreases.

If you are looking for a shooting gallery game to finally pick up the torch from Duck Hunt, then Wicked Monsters BLAST! probably isn’t the place to start looking. In fact, I would say it’s probably closer to Punch the Monkey than Duck Hunt, but it’s still not without its charms. The game does feature colorful characters and a playful animation style that will likely appeal to younger crowds. It’s also a fun enough of a game that I won’t want to stab myself in the leg when the youngsters come and ask me to join in for some multiplayer action. Just make sure you have your move controllers charged up first.


Anthony

 
I've been a game enthusiast since my 2600 enjoying RPG, platformer and adventure games. Also a film buff who enjoys quirky, indie films and a huge Hitchcock fan.