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Developer: hiulit

Publisher: Flynns Arcade

  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: May 18, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • While it does pretty successfully bolt together gameplay elements of Dig-Dug and Bomberman, the end experience comes up a bit short

    In general it has been great to play both rejuvenated classics reinvented as indie games, as well as classic mash-ups. With there being so many on the Switch at this point that’s going to make for a competitive space where there will be some that fare better than others. In principle there’s quite a bit to like about Murtop since I’ve always loved both the arcade classic Dig-Dug and the frantic action of Bomberman. The problem is I’m not convinced that the combination has the multiplicative power you can get when you successfully and fully merge two different concepts. Dig-Dug is the more represented title, with the level structure, broad enemy design, and elements like rocks to use to crush enemies beneath them making the cut. On the Bomberman side, unfortunately, it really only feels like the bombs themselves came through, and honestly I’m not a big fan of how they’re specifically implemented. Rather than feeling like the bomb is being laid right where you stand it feels like it is being put just slightly behind you, almost like it was pooped out rather than put down, and that can sometimes make being precise with them while trying to keep moving a challenge. Even if you get around that though the lack of a wide variety of power-ups to make things more interesting, and what feels like a short fuse and wide blast range of your bombs contributing some frustration. In the end the game is certainly playable, and if you like its more challenging-than-average nature it could work well, but among its brethren I would say it isn’t quite as successful a marriage of styles as most.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.8]

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