Blastron review


Blastron is an iPad and iPhone game from Kabam. It is available now on the App Store as a free download and contains additional in-app purchases.

Blastron is a competitive action game that combines elements of 2D platformers and shoot’em ups in order to create a rather unique, but often flawed, experience. The game starts off by walking players through ass aspects of the game as an in-depth tutorial. The tutorial kicks off by summarizing the basics of gameplay. Blastron is focused around two core on-screen buttons. The left side works like a virtual analog stick that lets players move and jump. The right side works the same way, letting players aim and shoot in any direction. Players are also given access to menus that let them switch weapons and equipment. All these controls serve a purpose, but they lack the precision and comfort needed for an action game.

Players first experience in to the realm of Blastron’s multiplayer is representative of the entire Blastron experience. In Blastron, up to four players will take turns moving around an area. Each turn gives players a time limit to freely move how they want. At any point, provided there’s still time remaining, players can fire a weapon or use equipment. The goal of every game is to attack the opponents, score points, and avoid damage. Because of the turn-based nature of games, both online and offline, the player who is given the first move has a slight advantage over his or her opponents. Good strategy and execution will always prevail over shooting first, but in an even match, the first player to move will be the likely favorite to win.

Customization is perhaps the most fun part of Blastron. The tutorial will send players to customize their character a bit, but the bulk of customization is open to be explored. There are a ton of robot parts that are available to be unlocked and purchased, each of which increase different stats like attack, health, and speed. Each head, torso, and pair of legs can be upgraded, as well. Players are also given a ton of weapons and equipment to purchase. All of these items have specific uses in the battlefield, though the early game provides players with more than enough weapons to get by for quite a while. Finally, players can buy timed boosts, such as a five percent speed boost that lasts five rounds. Boosts are nice, though not entirely necessary.

Blastron’s monetization comes from the sale of gears, the premium in-game currenct. Bundles of gears range in price from $1.99 to $99.99. Even the small amount of gears in cheap bundles will get players a lot of bang for their buck, often literally. Gears aren’t necessary for success, as the free currency (obtainable from playing the game) will be able to purchase more than what players need to excel. The monetization tactic is one of the most popular, and with generous amounts of currency, dedicated players will have a hard time passing on some of the deals.

Customizing in Blastron is fun, but that’s really where the fun ends. Blastron’s controls are a constant issue, as they never feel comfortable or sharp enough to accompany an action game. The turn-based nature of the game is a fun idea, but it makes the game feel slow and the pacing simply isn’t enjoyable. There will be some players who enjoy the slow pace, the cute visuals, and can put up with the poor controls, but they’re the minority.

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Blastron is a simple action game that offers a ton of customization, but is hindered by poor controls and repetitive gameplay.