There have been many attempts from various studios to recapture the magic of Super Smash Bros and Slap City is the best attempt yet.
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When I saw Slap City on the eShop, I thought, "Hey, isn't that Ittle Dew?!" Then, after watching the trailer, I was rather excited at the prospect of a fighting game starring my favourite indie adventurer along with plenty of her pals from other Ludosity games. Now that I played it, I must say that it exceeded my expectations and even with AAA efforts like MultiVersus being out there, Slap City manages to be the best fighter inspired by Super Smash Bros. yet which is impressive considering it's merely an indie game. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154
Playing Slap City requires some basic memorization of controls but once you come to terms with how it's played which doesn't take long, you'll be in for a real treat. Although the cast of characters isn't nearly as expansive as Nintendo's roster, you get a wide variety of chums who each has their own set of moves that are fun to master. Of course, I mostly played as Ittle Dew but there are other adorable combatants such as Princess Remedy, Orka from Healthy Weapon, and Business Casual Man who's an original character that looks like a grinning hot dog with jeans and suspenders on. With 11 characters in total, there's enough to keep you having fun for a long time.
Of course, Slap City can be enjoyed by up to 4 players either locally or online which is excellent as its battles lend themselves well to chaotic multiplayer fun. What sets this gem of a game apart is that you can play it solo via a wealth of modes and content from satisfying arcade runs and wacky gem-smashing challenges to full-blown story campaigns for 8 of the characters. Each one of these is bursting with variety and oodles of stages that'll have you partaking in all sorts of battles, platforming stages, mini-games, and arena challenges. It's such a great time that I'd even argue is more enjoyable than the single player content in the Smash Bros. games.
With that being said, some of the campaign events can be rather frustrating as they require you to master your character's move set in order to progress so casual players may occasionally be put off by this. Speaking of downsides, the online multiplayer component isn't all that populated and I found that the only players on it are folks who have been training since Slap City debuted on PC and are waiting for you to become their next victim. On the plus side, the absurd humour in the dialogue scenes is hilarious and I absolutely love the visuals complete with detailed environments and character models that are all rendered in 3D and have charm to spare.
Although it has a lot of competition, Slap City manages to claim victory in the ever-growing arena of games inspired by Smash Bros. With its phenomenally fun gameplay and solo content that'll keep you having fun for dozens of hours, I highly recommend this wacky fighter.
- + Superbly fine-tuned fighting gameplay that's fun solo or multiplayer
- + Excellent collection of single player content
- + Hilarious humour and lovely visuals
- - Online multiplayer isn't that fun due to lack of non-pro community
- - Some campaign events can be frustrating