SkyScrappers

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Key Info

System: Switch
Developer: Groundshatter
Publisher: Ant Workshop
Release Date: 29 October 2018
Price: $9.99 / £7.99


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SkyScrappers is an arcade style platform/fighter where the aim is to knock out your opponents or to get to the top of a tumbling building. It features a single player mode that's shorter than short, where the only interaction between characters is a small amount of dialogue before each match begins making the whole affair shallow and uninteresting.

SkyScrappers is not a game to pick up for a one player campaign, however as a multiplayer game, things get a little different. More party game than outright brawler, SkyScrappers can be played locally with up to four players. Simple two button controls means that almost anyone can pick up and play, just tear off a Joy-Con and get stuck in.

Though the basic premise and controls are simple, there are a few elements that can add a little bit of strategy, such as a special meter and small bits of debris scattered around the levels that can be attacked and used as projectiles. It’s fun with a few other people, but SkyScrappers does get stale rather quick. A lack of variety and characters are mainly to blame, with only four scrappers to choose from who all share the same exact controls and special moves.

Visually SkyScrappers is mediocre, with floaty, frame-skipping animations and loose physics that combine for rather an odd feel. Where the backgrounds are nice enough in their artistic appearance, it can be hard to differentiate them from active platforms at times. One neat feature that does lift the experience is the ability to play SkyScrappers vertically, making the game feel much more like an actual arcade title. Playing this way suits the combat a whole lot more too.

Verdict

SkyScrappers is shallow, offering a one and done experience that can be fun for a short while. Multiplayer, single Joy-Con support and a vertical mode are all good features, but the lack of variety in levels and characters mean you won’t keep coming back for more.

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Pros & Cons

+ Vertical mode
+ Simple controls

- Lack of content
- Short single player mode
- Shallow gameplay

Gary GraySComment