It is not every day you get to
play a roller derby game at the arcades. And it is even rarer
that the roller derby takes place outdoors. Leave it to a
company as bizarre as Nichibutsu to come up with a bizarre game
like this. These are the same guys who made climbing the side
of a building fun (Crazy Climber) as well as calling a game
you versus the Blue Man Group.)
To best way to
summarize what Roller Jammer is would be imagine if you took the
game Bump n Jump and instead of cars, you had roller derby
people. Then instead of an overhead view, you instead had a
third person view. If you can imagine this, you will feel right
at home with Roller Jammer. It is very much like Bump n Jump.
Both games involve you going down a road to a finish line. Both
have you jumping over obstacles and both have you pushing your
opponents off the track. Roller Jammer allows you to punch to
the right or left and to jump. As you go along, there is a
bunch of members of the rival team. You have to pass ten of
them to get to the next level. In the meantime, they are
pushing and punching you as you head down the winding track.
And in the vein of Bump n Jump, you cannot go off the track.
Yes, the grass is quite deadly and will kill you. Actually, you
do not have lives, so it really just eats at your time. And you
thought crabgrass was bad.
One thing that I did
not understand, where is the rest of your team? As far as I can
tell, it is you against a dozen or so members of the other
team. Talk about having the odds stacked against you. But you
are pretty tough, so I guess you can handle it. I was able to
blow through a few levels with no problem. The first level is
actually a time test. You have to go around cones as you make
your way to the finish line before running out of time. But
after that level, it is you against a whole team and things look
Mickey you're so fine, you blow my mind!)
You may be asking
about jumping and how it comes into play. No, you cannot jump
on top of the other team, like you can in Bump n Jump. But
there are deadly puddles of water that you have to jump over or
they will.....slow you down. Yeah, it is pretty lame. There
are also some letters you collect that give you points and
occasionally it will give you more time.
One thing that I do
like about the game is the billboards. Much like the billboards
in Pole Position, these are also set up to advertise. There is
one with the Nichibutsu logo as well as ones for their various
games. I saw billboards for Crazy Climber, Moon Cresta and
Seicross. There were a few others. It is a nice little touch.
But you have little time to sight see as you are soon ganged up
on and the road is very curvy.
All in all, I found
it a fun little game. Not a great game, but it was enjoyable.
The action is very fast paced and will keep you going. Just
another of the many odd games from this odd arcade company.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want
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