When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, the more frantic, the better so with that in mind, here's the wacky Rubber Bandits.
│ A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2022. 🐻
Rubber Bandits is the sort of multiplayer game that you can easily pick up and play whether you want to enjoy it with local friends or online randoms. At its core, its gameplay is similar to a classic arena combat game as you run and jump around arenas while smacking your opponents and picking up all sorts of weapons. However, the goal of each round is to collect as much cash as possible before escaping instead of defeating the competition in battle. In fact, you can even do so without landing a single blow if you're sneaky enough. v1d30chumz 34-239-154-240
Thankfully, controlling your character of choice is super-simple as there are only 3 buttons that you have to use: jump, action, and pick-up. The action button attacks with your currently held weapon whether it's melee or some sort of gun and the pick-up button can be held in order to throw whatever's in your hands which is useful for snagging a player who's trying to run away with some loot. You can imagine how well this simple gameplay lends itself to frantic multiplayer action and it does a phenomenal job of it, too.
As I mentioned, Rubber Bandits is a jump-in-and-play sort of experience with very little to configure. Even though you can choose your character, levels are randomly assigned and there's a large variety of them that will have you stealing loot from all sorts of memorable locations. Each stage has its own gimmicks, too, such as conveyor belts, switches that toggle bridges, and even trampolines. Once all of the loot has been discovered, the exit appears which is unique as well because it might be a helicopter or a boat that you'll have to leap onto. It's great to see this much variety when it comes to both gameplay and environmental visuals as it keeps the party feeling fresh.
Not only are the stages distinct, there are also plenty of weapons and power-ups that you'll discover along the way, too. For example, the player in last place may be granted a suit of armour so they'll have a chance to catch up and there's also an invincibility star that lets you carelessly run around. One of the most powerful weapons is an ice gun that freezes opponents which may just be enough for you to run away with all of the cash for yourself. Some levels even have explosives that can easily reset all progress as it may make everyone's collected loot scatter all around the arena. There's a lot to experience and as you play, it's exciting to see what will come next.
With that being said, stages and scenarios will repeat after playing Rubber Bandits for a while which can be a slight disappointment although the developers seem keen on adding more stages over time, especially with the holiday themed ones that my gaming chum and I played through together. Speaking of playing with someone, if you plan on enjoying this nutty game solo then you'll be disheartened that there is virtually no single player component aside from playing the levels by yourself which provides no challenge whatsoever. There are unlockable characters, though, and they're quite rewarding to collect. Finally, I wish that you could alter the rules such as changing the win conditions or minimizing the amount of loot that gets taken away whenever you get hit as that would have added variety.
Rubber Bandits is one of the best competitive multiplayer games out there. Whether you want to challenge your friends locally or steal loot online, you're bound to have a blast with its wide range of silly scenarios and wacky weapons.
- + Frantic multiplayer fun that's thoroughly enjoyable both online and locally
- + Solid variety of levels and locales
- + Plenty of silly weapons and unlockables
- - Playing the same scenarios again can make gameplay feel less varied
- - Virtually no single player component
- - Could use some rule options