Game Review - by SkaDaddy
With BoomBots, SouthPeak and DreamWorks makes all other fighting games look so boring and non-humorous. Why would you want to play the sterile Mortal Kombat with its lifelike graphics, when you can play the 3D, claymation style BoomBots. I see this as the start of a trend in non-sensical games. Come on, a leader named Dr. Pick who always has his finger up his nose. The same man that promises to wear a dress for twenty-four hours if you complete a mission. I bet you wish this man were your role model too.
I was going to leave out the extended storyline from SouthPeak but it was just too entertaining. Enjoy.
Today, in the good ol' USA, families gather for summer picnics in the park. Feasting on Kentucky Fried Chicken, Cole slaw, Van Camp's Pork & Beans, and leaving the Jell-O-mold salad untouched. The music of chirping birds and the smell of fuming charcoal fill the air with a tranquil sense of pure Americana. Ah, it's great to be an American.
Suddenly, the jarring, resonant rumble of a colossal space ship interrupts the calm. Picnickers scatter under the shadow of the giant pointy-eared mother ship. It belongs to a race of catlike aliens called the Feline Alien Research Troop. The Feline Alien Research Troop has come to fulfill a mission. Mandu, the commander of the Feline Alien Research Troop, has ordered the abduction of Earth's most powerful defensive weapon -- the common housecat.
The Feline Alien Research Troop spares no expense. They deploy mechanical slaves called "BoomBots" to seize our housecats. These deadly war machines heartlessly execute their mission with no regard for the safety of humanity. The Feline BoomBots demolish Earth, as they ransack the planet. They will not cease their scouring until they have every cat.
A great meeting is called, gathering the world's top minds, in search of a solution that will end this devastation. Three of our top scientists, Dr. Doe, Dr. Pick and Dr. Newton, devise a plan to load up every housecat onto an immense rocket, to voluntarily transport them to the Feline Alien Research Troop. We will ransom our planet by giving up all our cats -- a small price, it seems.
The error is that housecats really are Earth's greatest defensive weapons. For millennia, the presence of common cats on our planet has safeguarded us from the United Rat Infestation Nation, a race of nasty rodentlike aliens.
The Feline Alien Research Troop quickly repopulates their planet with our cats. The scurrying pests of the United Rat Infestation Nation quickly evacuate to the nearest rat-hospitable refuge - the newly de-catted Planet Earth!
Now, our brilliant science team must join forces with a feline alien double agent named Paul. They form The BoomBots Underground Technology Team. Their mission is to somehow, bring our housecats back.
The BoomBots Underground Technology Team decides to make their own BoomBots, to rescue our cats. So what if our technology sucks? Our BoomBots make up in bravery for what they lack in ability, training, aptitude, efficiency and common sense. - SouthPeak Interactive
This is a one on one fighting game which differs very little from basic fighting games. The added features are mainly the movies. They let you relax between fights and give the game more meaning. There are 10 BoomBots and 10 arenas to fight them in. If you reamin undefeated you will gain access to 5 more Boombots and 5 more areans. The arenas are laced with powerups and some arenas contain breakable objects that give you more powerups. It may not seem like a lot but trust me, it is. I could play this game for hours. I even watch all of the movies every time too.
I had a hard time with the 3D arenas because I have been warped by the 2D fighting games. You get used to it and soon enough start to wonder why you ever wasted your time in 2D. Probably because that's all you had. Ah, I remember the days when we had 1D games, then pong came along in all its 2D glory. But that's beside the point. The gameplay is great. You can fire an assortment of weapons including rapid-fire gun, lobbed missiles, and guided bombs. With the guided bombs you control their direction with the directional pad. Also there are super "Grapple Combo" moves. This is where you grab the enemy by the neck and bring him in close for a variety of close combat beatings. Finally there are certain defenses moves including rocket-powered jumps and bomb kickbacks.
These graphics were excellent. The movie scenes between fights are unbelievable and entertaining. They are funny little stories with various characters from the game in claymation form. At one point Boomer hides from the cat aliens under a box. He looks out from underneath to see the cat alien on the litter box. It was very funny and looked even better. Don't take my screenshots to heart either. I was having a problem with my video capture, and the SoutPeak screenshots (on their web page) didn't do the game justice.
This game had cool music with hard hitting bass, fun sound effects, and even some gross sound effects. Those would be the fart noises in the movies. Those stinky alien cats. Anyway, the sound quality is good with very arcade like sound effects (bleeps, bloops, etc.) and the voice-overs are very nice and computer/robot sounding.
If you are tired of fighting games and want to be renewed, get this game. It is fun, quick to pick up, and doesn't have to be time-consuming. Half of the time spent playing is because you are watching those wonderful movies. If you have time constraints you can skip past them. But what would be the fun in that. You'll love the wonderful graphics and even more so, Dr. Pick. Like I said in features, it might not seem like a lot and you might wonder if it is worth the money, well it is. You don't have to cram as much stuff into a game as you can fit on a few CD's to make a great game. SouthPeak and DreamWorks proved that with BoomBots.