The first in Unfinished Pixel’s new Super Blast sports series, Super Volley Blast is a 2-on-2 arcade-style volleyball game that focuses on providing great local multiplayer experiences. Fun and addicting, Super Volley Blast is a solid inaugural entry in the series.
Super Volley Blast has a good range of gameplay options. When the ball flies at you, you can lob, hit, or pass. If you are especially daring, jump to try and land an early swat. Various actions fit various situations, and your decision makes all the difference between a fantastic spike and an easy set-up for your opponent. Long volleys get incredibly intense; the back-and-forth during a long, competitive match is immensely satisfying.
While gameplay is mostly responsive, it did feel a tad slow at times. A faster tempo or even a dash button could have worked wonders, since volleys take a while to get going and lack any electric feel. Still, once a volley does pick up, the speed is unimportant as you and your friends get involved in a strategic back-and-forth full of rally-saving dives, deep corner lobs, and fiery spikes.
Content-wise, Super Volley Blast does well. There are three different modes to try out including Quick Match, Tournament, and Story. You can set the score and win requirements for each round. The story mode is just a few matches with some dialogue between them, but it is nice a single player option is present. The AI is great, so playing on your own is viable. Beyond game modes, there is even a character design tool offering a surprising level of detail. Super Volley Blast is also pleasant to look at. It has a certain style to it with several exotic courts and nice graphics. The developers quite clearly put a lot of care into this product.
Unfortunately, for a game that emphasizes a pick-up-and-play nature, Super Volley Blast has a learning curve. Controls are simple, but it will take new players a few matches to get acclimated to timing spikes, making passes, and learning which balls to go for and which to leave to their partner. As a beginner, you will frequently press the wrong button and launch the ball out of bounds or miss altogether. Once you do get the hang of it though, you will be treated to plenty of heart-pounding matches.
The end result is a fun local multiplayer title. Even with the learning curve and occasionally slow pace, Super Volley Blast was a hit amongst myself, my friends, and my family. I will be spending some time with Super Volley Blast while hotly anticipating the next Super Blast game.
A review code was provided by the publisher.
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