Video games have come a long way over the last few decades, but one thing that has remained constant from the days of Pong to the latest AAA blockbusters, is that gaming is even more fun with friends.
Wondershot aims to make the most of our love for friends and family, by putting 4 of us in an arena packed with weapons with the sole task of destroying each other.
You’ll begin with a thorough tutorial on movement, firing and weapon abilities such as bouncing projectiles and hitting through walls and while it drags on a little, it also does a pretty good job of explaining everything.
Soon enough your gathering your nearest and dearest, and trying to find your spare controllers because unfortunately you can’t play with or against anyone out of arms reach.
It’s confusing when a game so clearly devoted to exploring multiplayer fun doesn’t include online options.
If you have a few controllers, there’s various options to explore. Firstly Battle gives you three pre-determined rule sets to play, and a custom option for you to select various options from required points, locking the same weapon to all players and which maps to feature. Sadly the basic rule set is either Elimination (with each kill gaining a point) or Last man standing (last man gets a point) so game modes feel somewhat thin on the ground.
All is not lost though, as there’s also my preferred Adventure mode, with 15 challenges across the Kingdom and the same again under Forest, and World of Monsters there’s far more longevity in here.
Also whereas Battle is only really fun when you have 4 players, that also requires 4 controllers and 4 people of a similar skill levels.
While the 10 rating means certainly family members should be out of reach, parental guidance is recommended and I can’t see any mental scars to children as the ‘Fantasy violence’ is nothing worse than we see in cartoons and childrens TV shows on a daily basis.
This is even more apparent in the Adventure mode, both via the challenges or the ‘Endless’ horde style mode. Playing with your spouse or off-spring is where Wondershot begins to shine, gameplay is fun and easy enough to get into, while still more rewarding for older players, especially when you start to land some super accurate shots across the map or trying to complete challenges without missing a single shot and in a set time, while the graphics and gameplay may feel child-like, the challenges alone make it a very adult experience.
Helping my Son through challenges seemed equally fun and rewarding for both of us, and while the Battle’s soon felt repetitive, the challenges and Endless mode kept us intrigued long into the evening.
Another benefit is the graphics, sharp and colorful its easy to see what’s going on, although the top-down view can be a little disorientating for younger players, enemies are clear without having to be highlighted, and the direction your shooting is clearly represented and while not the soundtrack you’ll be enjoying hours later, there’s enough of an audio feast to keep your ear buds occupied.
Sadly with battle mode relying on the number of players and controllers you have, it does feel like half a game, but the fantastic adventure mode, packed with challenges or the endless encounters, you’ll thankfully have enough to keep you going.