Epic Showdown is a casual arena-shooter released this October by indie developer Naloki. With four unique characters to choose between, and two game modes available: survival mode and crypt (dungeon crawling type option), there’s premise for a fun little casual shooter. Unfortunately, although I try to find the best in every game I review, I cannot recommend this one in the state it is in. It is nearly unplayable, and here’s a list of reasons why:
The trailer for this game on Steam – which is also very unpolished – gives some back story to the game, but the game itself does not. There is no explanation for the character with the green hand who is watching some very oddly put-together heroes fight on television. There isn’t background on the heroes themselves, either. They are just there with no content, so there’s no way to get invested.
Control are typical of this genre with WASD and mouse movement, but their implementation is rough making them very difficult to use. At first the game looks like it is third person, but it actually isn’t. It’s fixed behind the character but it can’t turn meaning you just sort of slide around the screen more, like an unnecessary addition to your crosshairs. I was killed so quickly over and over because I wasn’t able to see well around the environment and back-up out of the way. I didn’t even have time to monitor my health and it seems the enemies hit way too hard relative to your health!
The titles shortcomings don’t step here. The graphics feel old, and not in an intentional retro way either. It’s also too easy to get blinded by the environment. i.e., if you back-up into a tree, instead of stopping you from moving it envelopes your vision and you can’t see. You clip right through. The menu system is ugly, hard-to-read, and poorly designed. For example, hints are provided on the load screen, but the text is cut off.
In crypt mode, there is a slapping sound that repeats over and over and is extremely obnoxious. I couldn’t survive long enough to find out if it was something in the environment, or a glitch in the game. Overall, the game is just extremely unpolished and unfinished. The game crashed while loading and I had to force the executable to stop through Task Manager. It’s not worth anywhere near the $9.99 price tag it currently has.
Tl;dr – A catastrophic lack of polish isn’t the only thing letting Epic Showdown down. If the game had more story behind it, and the controls were fixed, there might be some potential here. As-is, this game is unplayable and is not recommended. Don’t buy this.
Rating – 3/10
Purchase – Steam £6.99/$9.99