New Meaning to Mexican Standoff
By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on August 17th, 2016 on Xbox One & PC
Developer: Unnamed Fiasco Team Publisher: Unnamed Fiasco Team
Aye Carumba! Do you have an unanswered urge to wear a sombrero? Have you always wanted to be in a Mariachi Band? Love your maracas just a little too much? Well do not fret, all of your wants can be answered. No…you do not need to spend hundreds of dollars to take that trip to Mexico. For just the low, low price of $10 USD all of your wants will be fulfilled. Just go to your local digital media site and pick up your copy of Unnamed Fiasco today. WARNING: We are not responsible for over excessive maraca playing.
Unnamed Fiasco is a local multiplayer action battle arena game developed by Unnamed Fiasco Team. This title shares the same stylization of gameplay as another Xbox indie title, Dad Beats Dads. However, while not entirely the same, it shares some aspects with infamous series of games, Super Smash Bros. The game has a nice variety of modes for something of this caliber and I feel that it lends itself to a full package. The multiplayer aspect is accompanied with a single-player challenge mode. While there have been other games in this genre, some for better and some for worse, this game does hold its own really well compared to the other games. Now even though there is no story in this game, I feel that does not affect the game in anyway. It gave more time to work on the multiplayer aspect which is the major part of the game for long term play.
The single player gameplay of this title provides the aforementioned challenge mode featuring various challenges on each multiplayer map. The challenges consist of three different modes: Target Practice, Keep the Flag, and Treasure Hunt. Target Practice puts the player into the map without a weapon and various different colored targets scatter across the map. They are tasked to destroy all of the targets within the time limit. To destroy the target, you must pick up a weapon of one color and you can destroy the targets of differing colors. For example, pick up the red gun and the blue and green targets can be destroyed and so on for the differing colors. Keep the Flag has you capture a flag and hold on to it while grenades fall from the top of the map and some maps include other obstacles. At certain time intervals the flag will be taken away from you and it needs to be retrieved from a different location on the level. Time for the challenge will still move when the flag is not in your possession; however, it is much slower than with the flag. In the third mode, Treasure Hunt, you must solve a laser puzzle to collect treasure chests. There are six different maps with seven different challenges on it varying in difficulty from level one to three. Each map has one challenge unlocked at the beginning and at least a bronze is needed to unlock the next one. With that in mind, you could get a bronze on every challenge and still get to play all 42 challenges. The only reason a gold medal would be necessary would be to unlock the ‘100%’ achievement for completing the single player to 100%. Throughout playing the single player, I have found that the Target Practice mode is harder than the other two to unlock medals, so I recommend playing the other modes first to try to have more of a variety.
The multiplayer gameplay is a whole different ball game. It is the meat of this game and it shines for what it tries to achieve. It is a very interesting two to four local multiplayer battle arena that includes various game modes. The game includes six different options on the six maps that were mentioned previously. The game modes that are included are Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Treasure Hunt, Police Chase, Dog Tag, and Dog Tag (No Recover). While Deathmatch, CTF, and Treasure Hunt are self-explanatory, Police Chase and Dog Tag are two that I have not seen before in the genre. Police Chase starts off with all player not having a weapon then one of the players becomes the police. The police officer is tasked with killing all of the other players and the ‘criminals’ just have to avoid the police for a set amount of time. Dog Tag has the same characteristic as the Kill Confirmed mode from the Call of Duty series where once a player dies the other players have to pick up the tag that is left behind to score a point. No Return is the same game except you cannot pick your tags back up to keep from points being scored. There is also an option called Minute Madness that once activated for one minute something random can happen on the map. These vary from Noir, which makes that map have a black and white filter, to Moon Gravity, allowing you to jump super high.
The visuals and soundtrack of Unnamed Fiasco are stellar as well. The soundtrack just pairs with the Spanish/Mexican theme perfectly. The sounds feel like they belong in documentary depicting Hispanic culture and it really adds to the atmosphere of the game. Then comes the visuals with the character design and the map design (well most of the maps) go directly with this theme as well. First, the maps included in this game are Temple, Bullring, Oasis, Day Care Center, Laboratory, and Retirement Home. While the latter of the list really have nothing to do with the theme, they do help with the characters that are portrayed. The sandy deserts that are in Oasis and Temple really go with the way that Central America is depicted in media and Bullring really brings in the culture of Bullfights, another big theme that is associated with the Spanish culture. Second, the character design coexists tremendously. The five characters presented are El Torero, a bullfighter, Baby Luchador, Robot Rodriguez, a sombrero wearing robot that has a slight resemblance to Bender from Futurama, Gramma Gonzalez, and Buffalo Bull.
Finally, this game is priced at $10 USD and I feel it is worth that price. While there is not much to do if not in a party environment, the single player still holds its own for a fun mini-game of sorts. The multiplayer hones all the great aspects of this kind of game and would be great to play with three friends. This makes this title have pretty good replayability. While not everybody has a bunch of parties, this game is great to pull out when you do. The matches are quick and fun, which makes you want to play just one more. So, don your favorite sombrero and get those maracas ready because it is time to start the fiasco.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8.5/10
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