Publisher/Developer: Bloober Team
What they say: Enter the basement, explore dark, sinister arenas and be at one with the insanity. Bomberman inspired mechanics bring party games to the next generation level. Staying alive won’t be easy. The only way to survive is to become death itself, crushing all opponents. Fight with, or against your friends in a intensive, packed with action online and offline game modes. And remember, because of the horror-based graphics and themes, it’s best if you don’t play this game alone in the dark. You never know what might be hiding behind you.
What I say: I’ve been putting off reviewing Basement Crawl for a while. A horror themed Bomberman game should be a no-brainer, right? Well in theory it should be the most fantastic party game ever for sick fools like myself. Alas that’s not necessarily the case.
The game has really dark and creepy visuals. You have four suitably ill characters to choose from; an unicycle riding clown, a girl packing an evil looking teddy bear, a wheelchair bound crash test dummy, and a large medieval looking masked woman. All fit right into the eerie atmosphere. The boards are set up just like Bomberman. Pick your character, then blast your way out of your corner and blow up your opponents. Despite aping the basic play mechanics the game fails on a number of levels. First there is no tutorial at all. You have more than bombs in your arsenal but you have to use trial and error to learn how to use them. Also there are no bots or any kind of single player. It would be nice to practice using all the different weapons. Not to mention there are not always people around to play with locally. True there is online play but to be quite honest it’s buggy as hell and I don’t think I ever successfully finished a match. Also since there is so much confusion the game never really seems fun.
This game had so much potential I almost feel bad beating up on it so much…almost. The idea behind the game is great but the execution is so wrongheaded that I can’t imagine anyone thinking this would be good enough. And let me tell you it’s not. Blooper Team has promised to make changes and fix the bugs but at this point it really is too little too late. This is a lost opportunity.
Disclaimer: A PSN code for the game was provided to us for review from the publisher.