Super Rocket Shootout is an absolute blast. The action-platformer from Oddly Shaped Pixels combines fast-paced, smooth platforming with swift combat.
The plot follows twins on an unsuccessful run of bank robberies. Their misadventures lead a story that, while thin, is prominent given the title’s budget price. It consists of eight chapters, but don’t expect it to last long. That said, however, you meet some wacky antagonists along the way, each with some pretty weird writing. I say this in the best way possible, though; the game has a distinct tone to it, set by characters the player meets in Story Mode.
The combat is done well, with fast-paced jetpacking and jumping from platform to platform a key to surviving. Items are available to pick up mid-fight, including certain bombs and health boosts. Akin to that of Super Smash Bros. on a much smaller scale, the way Super Rocket Shootout handles items is pretty ideal for a game like this. They can add to the gameplay, but not sway the tide in favor of certain players in an unfair way. While some might prefer party games to have as many items as possible, I’m a big fan of the way it’s done in Super Rocket Shootout.
Where the game really shines is its local multiplayer. It’s definitely a fun time if you’re alone, but in this case, four players is the ideal amount. I personally only got a chance to try it out with one other person, but that alone was enough to improve my experience with the title significantly. The controls are incredibly accessible and easy to learn, which greatly enhanced the battles between the other player and me. Neither of us were clearly more skilled than the other, making our clashes that much better.
Super Rocket Shootout is a fantastic little game, and it’s a perfect fit on the Switch. The title doesn’t drain the console’s battery at a fast rate, which means players can get longer play sessions on-the-go. Additionally, the action-platformer looks stellar on the system’s 6.2 inch screen. With the ability to get in short play sessions and still feel satisfied, portability of the Switch complements the game nicely.
Oddly Shaped Pixels did a fantastic job with Super Rocket Shootout. At $9.99, it’s a steal. Any fans of taking on your friends in frantic action-platformers should look into the game, as it’s a great title to play on your big screen TV at home, or on the daily bus ride from home to work.