Posted: May 18
My review and suggestion is solely based on this game advertised as a single player game. As a multiplayer game, I would rate it very differently. But since its advertised as a single player game, and that is why I bought it, that is how I'm scoring it.
The tricks and power ups are very similar to mario kart. They allow you to boost your game and weaken your enemies. This is great when playing against friends who will struggle with the same mouse controls that you have. But, when playing against AI, it just plain sucks. The computer is not phased by the tricks you throw at it while you get blown out when the AI uses tricks against you. You can throw tricks against it frame after frame and it will still bowl 200+ games. But the super sensitive mouse controls will have you struggling even without the AI's interference. The AI also seems to luck into the tricks much more frequently which seems to be how they scale difficulty as you advance in single player, making an already frustrating game unbeatable.
Its a cute and gimmicky concept, but when you want to advance the single player functionality, its frustrating, buggy, and eventually very boring.
The game is lacking simply options like difficulty sliders, options to skip animations automatically, and how tricks/powerups should work.
Its all about the money. If you find this in a bundle, its worth a small distraction. However, I would not recommend paying full price, or even buying it alone as its replay appeal is very brief and its single player implementation is very poor. As I stated above, if you are playing against other human characters, this might be a very fun game (please keep that in mind when reading reviews).