So Mega Cat Studios is at it again and made another Retro-Renaissance game. Log Jammers. It's not really out yet. Or it is??? Anyway there's a Kickstarter for it.
After sending me a REVIEW COPY. I played it for a bit and here's what I got to say for it. (I have to say I got it as a Review Copy or For Free or else I could get in trouble or they could get in trouble. Sucks but rules are rules.). I should also note I'm playing the Steam Version.
Log Jammers is basically Windjammers but with Axes. If you remember Windjammers, it's an old arcade game that recently got remastered/ported for modern consoles. The goal of that game is to score points by tossing the frisbee into the goal. Depending on where it lands gives you different points. First to 3 games wins. Like Tennis...sorta...
|Pretty much how I remember Windjammers Minus the Zombies and Axes|
Well take Windjammers formula and replace Frisbees with axes. And the athletes with some rather unique characters.
|A Lumber Jack, A Zombie Bear, a pro heavy lifter?|
So the first thing I note is the characters. Yeah these are some unique characters each with there own backstory. A Zombie Bear out for revenge. A Lumberjack who survived a zombie apocalypse. A Surfer bum, a strongman looking to sell his patented exercise equipment line, A zombie who got screwed over by the mayor of his own town. etc.
Mega Cat Studios is kinda weird with there characters. But they at least they're not generic. I look at there stats though...and there's no typical set of characters in that department. You have Speed, Swole, and Tech stats. I honestly don't think these matter. At least when I play the game the stats only feel like a placebo.
So the game is simple. I mean it's Windjammers. But with Axes. Half the time I don't know what I'm doing. The other half I'm too busy being happy I won.
I will admit I have trouble seeing the Axe fly across the stage. I generally pray that I'm catching it and throw it. Most of the time my losses are due to the fact that I collected a power-up. The AI see's I'm distracted and scores.
|Scary...It's not Halloween Yet|
The music is pretty nice. Nothing really stands out but it is nice. It makes me wonder how would it sound on an NES. But I don't have one so. I can't really describe it. Most of the time I can't even focus on the music cause I'm playing the game. That's a good thing cause then I don't have to cringe at bad music.
Probably the 2 or 3 things that make me angry is that I have no idea what the power-ups do aside from the obvious special attack. And the AI seems to cheat. Or maybe they're not cheating but have more knowledge about the game than I do. There's times where I'll see the AI run across the median into my side of the field and score. Is this allowed???
|He crossed in my area?! IS THIS ALLOWED?!!!|
The other bit that kinda makes me angry but I'm okay with it is when I play tournament if I lose any match it's game over. No continues. I would like to think that Retro Games allowed some form of continue but then I'd just be lying to myself. The old games would sometimes do this. Basically it's how you got replay value. By getting better at the game. There's no continue from where you left off. You start back at the beginning.
|I'm mad now...|
Anyway there's not much else to say about this game. I overall like it. I wonder how the online will be when it comes out. It seems to have some sort of twitch integration as well. Wonder what that's about?
I also have to give it props for a game having zombies in it and not making me cringe hard. I hate Zombies. At least the annoying ones like Resident Evil ones. Or any that are just tenacious and have unreasonably huge numbers like in Final Fantasy. I at least want to play this again just to win at the tournament.