Get ready to blast some ghosts in this great budget-priced game.
The DSiWare Shop has been overflowing with great content since the New Year rang in, ranging from the strategic Number Battle to the family-friendly Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever. Developers are turning things up a notch by releasing quality titles are a small price. While Nintendo's latest title is certainly at a low price, does it pack enough content and appeal to justify the price?
Spotto is a very simple game at heart. In short, players play as the world's marvelous "Bombirdier" known as Spotto in his self-titled game. His goal is to defeat ghosts in order to rescue Chikkie Wowwow, President Wowwow's daughter.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Spotto is the way the game plays. Being a Bombirdier, Spotto must fire bombs at ghosts in order to defeat them. To do this, players must adjust his aim using the stylus. On the lower screen, to the left of Spotto, who remains stationary throughout the game, is a dial that can be turned to adjust his aim, which is outlined in red on both screens. Once Spotto's aim has been adjusted, he'll fire away with a click of a button, hoping to defeat some of the ghosts.
It's a simple concept overall that is made difficult by the limited amount of bombs that players are presented with. At the beginning of each stage, players are given a mere five bombs to shoot down all the ghosts in an area, which can range anywhere from two to five. If the bomb successfully falls into the mouth of a ghost, it'll explode and that bomb will be added back to their supply. On the other hand though, if the bomb falls to meet contact with the ghost's inside, you will lose it.
Further complicating the mix are the obstacles that pollute each stage. Everything from wardrobes to bookshelves lingers in the air, and they must be utilized in some cases to get the bomb to reach a ghost's mouth. Ghosts and obstacles sometimes move too, making the game more difficult.
Thankfully, the game starts players off slowly turns up the difficulty level. After some courses, players will face a boss, which players the exact same as any other stage except it's a much larger enemy.
In terms of content, Spotto packs 50 stages, each of which is highly entertaining. Though the graphics are somewhat repetitive over the majority of the game, the visual appeal and simplicity of the visuals adds a very unique feel to the game.
Besides the main story mode, which should last a couple of hours, there's also a challenge mode in which players progress through a variety of stages with a limited supply of bombs. The intention is to see how many stages you can get through before your bomb supply depletes. It's a nice addition to the game, but players will probably be spending most of their time with the story mode.
While Spotto is a simple game at heart, the amount of enjoyment one can have playing the game is unbelievable. If you're looking for a simplistic game, look no further than Spotto. Not only does it boast hours upon hours of replay value, but it's also priced at a mere 200 points.