Especially in genres that you rarely see deviations from the norm new ideas can be exciting, but not always
I’d heard of the Slaps and Beans series before, but this is the first time I’ve actually had the opportunity to check it out. The results are a bit varied. On the positive side there’s a certain degree of energy and attitude to the game that is a nice change of pace. The overall look and feel aren’t your traditional and typical fare, some of the action has its own concepts at work like contextual moves you can pull off near certain elements in the environment, and then sequences like the banana boat escort mission are simply unique. The thing is, new ideas aren’t always good ones, or at least it takes solid implementation to make ideas clearly pop and not everything is a hit. The aforementioned boat escort mission is a good example of a novel idea that doesn’t quite work out so well in practice, absolutely doing its own thing but feeling a bit janky and odd more than fun. Perhaps if the fundamentals were impeccably implemented the game could also get a boost but on the whole I’d say that while Bud and Terrence’s moves may be their own they’re still quite limited and that makes for a more repetitive beat-em-up experience as a result. If you’re simply looking for a change of pace in the genre it may be worth a look, but otherwise the line ahead of them is pretty substantial.
Justin Nation, Score: