Monday, 16 April 2018 18:38

REVIEW: Bombslinger (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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This is a tale that takes us to the days of the western era, think Red Dead Redemption, but with an older style of visuals and then throw a story of redemption about a bandit turned rancher who wants to avenge the death of his wife.

The premise of Bombslinger is to drop bombs to kill angry goats as well as angry farmers. There are different looking farms and farmers, some hold pitchforks, while others are holding guns and they aren’t afraid to shoot you. Dropping bombs isn’t just the way to kill farmers, they're also for getting around areas that stop you from getting to them, example being corn plants and fires. Bombs will also blow up boxes full of goodies. There are also barrels that if you place a bomb next to them they’ll blow a bigger area in two directions and if you're in there path you’ll lose health or possibly die.

The single player adventure mode is broken into four parts, and if you happen to die it’s frustrating as you’ll be put right back to the start of the game.

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Prior to starting your adventure you’ll choose a simple load out, some which give extra health, or extra bombs. Whilst playing you’ll earn XP which will level you up and you’ll be given a choice of upgrades, these include replenishing health, adding an extra bomb and so on. There are shops to buy items and these will require money, but lucky for you enemies who are killed even goats will drop coins.

As you progress in each area of the story you’ll be thrown into duels, these are the boss battles, some harder than others. The HUD for Bombslinger shows a range of items, from the games minimap, health indicators in the form of hearts, also shown is your XP bar, bombs and any pick ups you currently have. You’ll at some point pick up keys, these will open chests, and they reward you very well.

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Bombslinger does have a multiplayer section, though it's only local multiplayer with up to four players. Everyone uses the same character as the singleplayer, the difference is the colour of each. There are only two modes for multiplayer, death match and Last Man Standing. You can choose match lengths, the number of AI opponents and the stage it takes place in and there is quite a few different stages you can play in that really refreshes the multiplayer.

I really enjoyed the theme of Bombslinger, being a western theme it hit the nail of the head, the soundtrack is as western as you could imagine and the visuals are spot on. You’ll see farms and farmers as well as playing as the biggest and baddest bandit i'll also say this is a top down view game.

This is a game that isn’t going to take long to finish once you get the hang of playing, it can take awhile to perfect, before long I was zooming around like a chook with no head, but even then I met my fate and was put in my place at the very beginning of the game.

Bombslinger is available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Mode4
  • Publisher: Mode4, Plug In Digital
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Indie