As you’d expect on a Nintendo system, there are loads of side-scrolling platformers of all styles and levels of quality. Obviously then, trying to stand out in a crowded eShop with so much competition is a challenge. Smashroom at least manages to distinguish itself a little bit with its somewhat unusual combat mechanics with a lack of a typical forward attack, and requiring that you work a little harder to dispatch enemies with what skills you do have, primarily your explosive ability which is also key to breaking up obstacles and propelling yourself around. I’ll give credit for it being different, but in this case I wouldn’t argue necessarily better as you often end up feeling very fragile and that often slows you down without adding much in the way of excitement. If you’re in the mood for a change of pace and style it may suit you though.
Justin Nation, Score: