Man where to start with this one? Fast paced sports action? ✔️ Futuristic setting?✔️ ninjas ✔️ cyborgs ✔️lasers, fireballs, guitar solos ✔️✔️✔️! Heavy Smash has all of that and much more.
The game is a futuristic take on Smashball which is allot like soccer in the future but you use your hands and carry the ball. It also has some elements of basketball as well like the opening toss up of the ball and the fast back and forth action on the court.
The gameplay here is simple but not overly simple like some arcade sports games. You have three buttons; jump, shoot and pass. When not in possession of the ball shoot works as an attack button.
The action like I said earlier is pretty fast paced like basketball. You don't have a "change player" button like other games. The AI will automatically switche players for you which takes some getting used to to but it works fairly well. The only player you dont control is the goalie except for when he has the ball. There is allot of variety here from dive kicks to ranged attacks. You even do a quick bicycle kick if the ball bounces off of a goal post. When your real close you can even smash the ball into the goalie knocking them into the net for a score.
Each team has a different feel. From ninja's to cyborgs, gladiators and sultans. Each team looks and feels different. The stats for each team differ as well offering different play styles. From fast and weak to slow and heavy.
Overall the game is simple but deep and easy to learn. The matches go by quick but not too quick and the back and forth action keeps the pace fast and it will suck you in real quick. Overall the game is best at its trick play moments and dramatic goals leading to allot of great games. I would gladly put this hidden gem in my top 5 arcade sports games right up there with Windjammers.