Boom Boom Rocket
Geometry Wars Evolved proved to be a massive hit, and quickly became the Live Arcade title to own. Now PGR3 developer Bizarre Creations is back with Boom Boom Rocket; an addictive, rhythmic fireworks display. Playing like Dance Dance Revolution, or Guitar Hero II, Boom Boom Rocket has you tapping buttons to the beat of remixed classical music.
It's a simple setup. As the fireworks make their way up from the bottom off the screen, you tap the corresponding button, or d-pad direction, to detonate them as they reach the score line, which sits at the top of the screen. The better your accuracy the more points you accumulate.
Once your combo meter is full you can activate a multiplier which not only sends your score through the roof but sends the screen into a trance fuelled explosion of color. Combine this attractive visual flair with some quite nifty, modern takes on some classic orchestra and you have yourself quite an appealing game.
BBR currently features 10 pieces of music, whether more will become available in the future remains to be seen. Whilst this might seem like a limited selection, the game does sport three difficulty levels and two modes of play. Standard mode lets you play through any song from beginning to end whereas Endurance mode lets you play through any song on a never ending loop, with the tempo increasing with each passing lap.
Things may seem quite easy going but crank up the difficulty and the leisurely pace goes straight out the window. Should you be online, your scores are uploaded onto worldwide leaderboards. There's a separate board for each mode at each difficulty and being presented with a global position at the end of each run really pushes you to try to better your score.
Sadly, the only multiplayer mode here is limited to offline. It's a shame because the versus mode itself works well, and the whole leaderboard system when playing solo is really one of the driving forces behind you keeping the controller in your hands for just one more go. That's not to say the lack of online multiplayer is a deal breaker.
Boom Boom Rocket is a neat and tidy package. It's pretty, sounds good and is wholly addictive where it counts. With two solid single player modes, a decent multiplayer mode, and three difficulty settings, Bizarre Creations latest proves to be accessible and versatile. This is definitely another of the Arcades best.