Review: Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4K HDR

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo
Format: PSN (297 MB)
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: Bare Knuckle Development
Developer: Bare Knuckle Development
Original MSRP: $4.99 (USD)
ESRB Rating: E
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
So a strange thing happened with this review. At the beginning I loathed this game, but then I started to get past some of its limitations and started to get good at this game. Then, the joy overcame me and I found my favorite mode and started blasting away happily. I warmed up to Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo, and here’s why.

This small indie first came across as a cheaply made Asteroids clone. Even worse, some of the game modes had barriers of play which I found to be annoying. And, if I’m being honest, I still do a bit. But, after some play and fooling around with the game, I found that SMSBST has some good gameplay behind it.

SMSBST has the same control scheme as Asteroids, which made me smile. A classic control scheme, for sure, and it felt natural to be attached to this game. SMSBST also deploys a shield mechanic which is nice. No longer a one hit death, which is needed because there’s a lot on the screen at times. My only gripe with gameplay is the speed; it feels a little sluggish to start. But it’s a minor thing that maybe only I notice.

There are three single player modes ranging from Survival to protection-based modes. Additionally, there are two co-op modes that range from one shot, to to the death. Five modes is a good starting point for a budget title, and it allows for DLC. Then there are the ships, which are fifteen in total, and most of them you have to unlock.

My favorite mode has to be Survive, which is really basic and tough at the same time. All you have to do is survive and rack up points. But, it also features a boundary system which I found annoying. There’s also a challenge system that is fun and simple. All in all, it’s fairly basic but it’s also five dollars. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth in this title. While there’s no DLC for SMSBST, the developer would be crazy not to develop some for this title.

Visuals:
The graphics here definitely take a backseat to the gameplay. While not bad, the visuals just aren’t the game’s priority. It’s colorful and bright which helps the mood of the title. Also it has an animation quality to the graphics. As they say though, gameplay is king.

Audio:
Audio falls in the same boat as graphics. It seems all the development time was focused on gameplay, and rightfully so. With that said the music is serviceable and I even caught myself humming along. I will say the sound effects seemed to be “off the shelf” to me though.

Online/Multiplayer:
Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo has on couch co-op. At this time co-op was not tested and cannot be reviewed.

Conclusion:
There are times when a lesson will not sink in. When it comes to Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo, that lesson is “don’t judge a book by its cover”. My eyes rolled hard when I was told its an Asteroids clone. I can safely say it’s not a carbon copy, and SMSBST has some of its own tricks to throw at you. While not genre defining, it’s fun for a few hours and worth the price of admission.

Score:
7.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Shawn Hiers

Shawn Hiers

Disabled gamer. Married Father of 4, and playing since the Atari days. I have a passion for all things Lego and an avid Toy Collector. I am also an huge Doctor Who Fan and can talk all things Who for hours 🙂

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