A workable mix of time management and beat-em-up action, but far more enjoyable and balanced with friends
It’s always cool to see styles of play getting mashed up, and since I’m a big fan of beat-em-ups anything trying to pump a little more interest into the genre is fine by me. Scrappers manages to do that by making probably half of your focus collecting and then disposing of junk in your trust garbage truck, and the higher you can stack it the more points you can earn. That activity will get broken up by bouts of fighting action, with you needing to knock out anything from rats to some bigger heavy hitters, though your admittedly limited options for brawling are disappointing. Upgrades you can buy on the meta progression level or find and pick up within the stages can give you some improvements in performance, but not everything may feel like an upgrade so be sure to get used to knowing what’s there before assuming it will automatically be better. Solo you absolutely feel at a disadvantage for having success, and will really need to be on top of every point you can to earn rewards to keep going. You’re provided a small helper who tries but really there’s no substitute for having up to 3 friends playing along, sharing the burden of collecting and ass-kicking. If you’re looking for something to team up with, this has a different feel than usual so it may not be bad, but if you’ll be working alone it may be too frustrating to be worthwhile.
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