PS3 Attitude’s PSM picks – Super Crate Box/Rebel
PlayStation Mobile is finally with us, and launched with over 20 titles that can be played on both PlayStation Vita and any PlayStation Certified Android device. With so many games to choose from, and more promised every week, it’s hard to know which are worth your time, so PS3 Attitude is here to give our opinion on the best PS Mobile titles so far.
In our third and final feature on the PlayStation Mobile launch titles, we’ll be taking a look at Vlambeer’s Super Crate Box and PomPom Games’ Rebel; two games with similar concepts and both equally deserving of your time and money.
Super Crate Box
Of all the PS Mobile launch games, Super Crate Box is almost certainly the most well known, as the title has already enjoyed great success on PC and iOS over the last couple of years. If you’ve never heard of it before, the first thing you should know is that this game is hard; really, really hard.
Super Crate Box is a 2D arena-style platformer, the aim of which is to collect as many crates as possible before you get hit (just once!) and die. Inside each crate is a random weapon that you’ll need in order to kill the never-ending swarm of enemies.
Enemies continuously drop from the top of the stage; should they reach the bottom, they are set on fire and subsequently move much faster when they drop down again. In general, you’ve done well if your crate total gets into double figures, but expert players can achieve scores in the thousands!
With extra levels, modes, weapons and characters to unlock by achieving certain score thresholds, Super Crate Box includes a decent amount of content for the price. However, obviously the main thrust of the replay value stems from chasing your own high scores.
Unfortunately there are no online leaderboards, but having yourself as your biggest rival actually works really well. That ‘just one more go!’ mentality ensures that Super Crate Box is still fun hours after you start playing, so the £2.79 asking price is more than justified.
PomPom Games is no stranger to the PlayStation Network, having previously released Astro Tripper, Alien Zombie MegaDeath and a couple of minis on the service. Thankfully, the company’s first PS Mobile title, Rebel, retains the bright presentation and addictiveness of their past games.
In Rebel, you play as a fugitive on the lam, who must survive for as long as possible in order to rack up the best score. That’s easier said than done though, as you’ll have to contend with an entire army of military hardware such as turrets, tanks, jeeps and helicopters.
You have no weapons yourself, so the idea of Rebel is to get the enemies to destroy themselves in the inevitable maelstrom of bullets (while avoiding them yourself!). The game features various environments and several upgradeable power ups, such as Armour and Bullet Time.
At the end of each game, your score is converted into treasure, and your stash can then be spent on new modes, power ups and jumpsuits. It’ll take a good hour or so to unlock everything, but that’s really only when the game starts, because then it’s time to go for some ultra high scores.
Again, the lack of online leaderboards is disappointing, but Rebel is still a frighteningly addictive game as it is, and well worth the £1.59 it’ll cost you. Due to its sublime gameplay and cracking presentation, Rebel is possibly our favourite PlayStation Mobile game so far.
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