can take everything I have. You can break everything I am like I'm
made of glass, like I'm made of paper. Go on and try to tear me
down, I will be rising from the ground Ė like a skyscraper!
That may work for you Demi, honey, but not so much for this fab riff
on Super Smash Bros.
In this love letter to the classic stylings of early 1990s arcade
games, that skyscraper ainít rising from the ground, itís
being razed to the ground.
Youíre any of four brave
demolition defiers Ė two chicks and two blokes, in a delightful
outbreak of gender equality. You hit the battle solo against
console-controlled adversaries, or go nuts with up to four humans in
control at once. We use the word ďcontrolĒ slightly loosely.
The fabulously puntastically titled SkyScrappers is your
classic two button brawler Ė jump and attack, but with various
combos allowing a lot more depth than you might expect. Weíre
talking everything from ground pounds to all out lightning-show
attacks. The key bit Ė if you hadnít pieced it together yet - is
that it all takes place on a skyscraper. A skyscraper thatís
crumbling around you, spewing forth girders, fires and various other
potentially hurty Ė for you or your adversaries, assuming that you
get your timing right - chunks of detritus.
You can go for
the all-out brawl, or aim to be first to the top. Be best at either
and youíll win the round. Win enough rounds and youíll go forth and
mutilate. Itís the arcade way.
Itís oh so refreshing to play
a lovingly-crafted arcade throwback that doesnít reduce the
resolution to Duploesque blockitude. Itís also refreshing to find
such a fun four-player couch brawler. Itís not so fun, however,
seeing SkyScrappersí price. Donít get us wrong, itís an ace
single or multiplayer blast, but at A$32.95 wait for a PSN sale.
Otherwise, let it go, let it go...