|System: Xbox 360|
|Dev: Twisted Pixel Games|
|Release: July 13, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Cartoon Violence, Drug Reference, Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes|
The single-player mode is expansive, and will certainly eat up an afternoon or two for the first playthrough. If you are looking for even more madness, Ms. 'Splosion Man also has an equally expansive multiplayer mode. You can play with up to four people locally or online, which certainly adds to the onscreen mayhem. There's also an unlockable single-player/multiplayer mode that challenges you to control multiple Ms. 'Splosion Men with one controller. I wouldn't advise this for the faint of heart, though, as the challenge is incredible. Even experienced platformers will have difficulty managing all the 'Splosion mayhem.
In addition to the game's regular content, Ms. 'Splosion Man has a huge cache of unlockables and extras. The in-game "mall" lets you unlock concept art, videos, avatar awards, and music. And like the rest of the game, the unlockables are often quite offbeat. During my time with the game, I was able to unlock a music video for a song called "You Are the 'Splode Beneath my 'Splosion." (It's just as ridiculous as it sounds.) The game's irreverent approach helps lend it some of its charm, and the silly unlockable content just adds to the whole experience.
On the technical side of things, Ms. 'Splosion Man meets expectations. The visuals are highly detailed with lots of moving parts, and the game's high-octane pace can be felt just by looking at its busy levels. Music in the game is extremely well done, and each level features a host of new tunes and sound effects. The only thing that can become a little repetitive is the voiceover. Though Ms. 'Splosion Man is a funny girl and her witty banter is certainly endearing, hearing her sing "If You Wannabe My Lover-er" for the hundredth time can be grating if you play for long stretches of time. And given the addictive format of the game, long stretches are likely.
Ms. 'Splosion Man is a great game, and is certainly one of the best downloadable games to come down the pipe this year. Though the format is identical to the original 'Splosion Man, the new protagonist's sassy attitude goes a long way in making the experience feel fresh again. Plus, with 50 new levels that will challenge even the most experienced platformer and plenty of unlockable content, you'll have lots of fun with Ms. 'Splosion Man. In fact, you just might 'splode yourself from laughter.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer