The gameplay mechanics for this title are pretty simple. You see a bad guy, you bomb him. You see a tumbleweed, you bomb it. You see those pesky goats running around, I think you get the picture. Bombslinger is comprised of four procedurally generated stages filled with enemies and goodies galore. Search chest, kill hordes of enemies, and even spend some of that hard-earned cash at the local general store on your journey to the duel with your biggest nemesis.
Visually, Bombslinger brings a lot of nostalgia to the table while still providing its own unique flair that you hope for in a game of its caliber. Growing up, I played tons of Bomberman, but I feel that there hasn’t been a game similar to what I remember, even in its own franchise. Bombslinger feels like a reskinned Bomberman and in a good way. It brought everything I wanted to the table and provided me a trip down memory lane without having to return to the older consoles. I really enjoyed the western aesthetic that the developers chose as it just made the game feel ever more brutal and rugged, whether things went your way or not.
My time with Bombslinger was very enjoyable and I felt it brought a lot to the table. The single-player has an interesting story that made me really invested in this game. The first day I got it, I could not put it down. I had so much fun mixing and matching different perks just to try to beat the game and while I was not able to fully finish it, I got to experience so much. While the single-player was phenomenal, the party mode was unfortunately not. It felt tacked on and there really was not much to do. It was fun for about an hour playing with some friends, but it was just the same thing over and over again. It got old very quickly and I felt myself just going back to the campaign.
In the end, Bombslinger is a fun adventure title with some party action on the side. The game is priced at $12 USD and I feel that it is well worth that for the single-player alone. Plus, if you enjoy local multiplayer, it has some of that too. I would highly recommend this for anyone whether they are a fan of the genre or not. You cannot go wrong with picking up this title.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 8/10
+Amazing Single-Player Experience
-Lackluster Party Game