I am simply in awe of Twisted Pixel. This is a company that hasn’t produced a “full disc” game, yet their titles are always highly anticipated by gamers. Even though games released digitally can be remarkable, there is still a stigma associated with them. Many gamers equate digital titles to being “small time” and not on the same level as the multi-million-dollar-triple-A disc-based games. I can say this with confidence: Ms. ‘Splosion Man completely destroys that silly idea.
The sequel to the 2009 hit ‘Splosion Man, Ms. ‘Splosion Man takes place right after the original game. ‘Splosion Man has been captured by Big Science scientists, the guys that created it, and while celebrating the capture a little accident occurred involving an experiment and a yellow bow. That accident created Ms. ‘Splosion Man, and just like the Mister, she’s trying to escape the labs.
Just One of the Guys - Controlling Ms. ‘Splosion Man is the same as the Mister: you press the A button to ‘splode causing her to bounce in the air. You can do three ‘splodes in a row, and with the help of walls, barrels, and other obstacles you can cross gaps or climb walls. If you played the original, you’ll pick everything up right away including the new gameplay additions. New players will learn the game pretty easily through the in-game tutorial videos (voiced by the lovely Lisa Foiles that was interviewed on this very site), and so new players will be able to make their way through the stages like a vet fairly quickly.
Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady – New to Ms. ‘Splosion Man is the addition of multiplayer. Similar to the Portal 2 co-op, players can team up in order to complete a series of levels made solely for co-op. Players must work together to complete these stages. If one player dies, the other player can continue, but there are points that are simply impossible to do on your own requiring players to restart from the last checkpoint. Something new to multiplayer is the “2 Girls, 1 Controller” mode. For those players that are “forever alone” or want to rise to the challenge, they can play co-op all by themselves. The left analog stick and left bumper control one Ms. ‘Splosion Man while the right analog stick and right bumper will control the second one. You can complete co-op stages all on your own in this mode, yet expect many deaths throughout unless you’re REALLY ambidextrous.
There’s a Secret Garden She Hides – In ‘Splosion Man, there were various shortcuts allowing the player to finish the level in record time. Those shortcuts are still in the game; however, there are now a slew of secret exits in the game. These secret exits add another reason to run through the levels again adding to the game’s replay value.
Forever My Lady – Normal mode will take about 5-6 hours to be, but it doesn’t stop there. Not only do you have the leaderboards to try and beat your time, but you also have the hardcore mode. What’s hardcore mode? You have to be a level without checkpoints. No screwing up, one shot all the way through. Then you have all the crazy achievements such as finishing a stage without touching the ground. Yet there's still more. Twisted Pixel will added special challenges, and the players that complete the challenges the fastest can receive prizes from Twisted Pixel themselves. All that before you even get into co-op makes Ms. ‘Splosion Man so worth the $15.
When I spoke with Twisted Pixel’s Jay Stuckwich at this year’s Pax East, he said that Ms. ‘Splosion Man was what they wanted ‘Splosion Man to be. Bigger stages, more modes, an incredible amount of replay value, and even more fun that the original. Twisted Pixel did a great job by making a sequel that went above and beyond the original all for the same price of 1200 MS points. Ms. ‘Splosion Man is a must buy for fans of the original and anyone that even remotely enjoys puzzle games.