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Review: Merry Snowballs by Hatrabbit Studios

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Hatrabbit Entertainment is a new company composed of two people who used to work on AAA games while at DICE and EA. They decided to break off on their own and try their hand at creating some VR games for us to play, and Merry Snowballs is the first one out of the gate.

First off, for a two man team, I think they did an incredible job of creating a game for the Vive. The only thing more impressive than this is when Kelly Bailey of Vanishing Realms created that entire game by himself in less than 6 months.

The Game

The basic premise of Merry Snowballs is to try and hit your friends with snowballs before they hit you enough times and the game is over. The one thing I liked about the game was the gun. It gave me the ability to shoot the bad guys throwing snowballs at me and I was able to nail them so much faster than dodging and attempting to throw my own snowballs at the boys and girls trying to knock me down. Unfortunately, the gun doesn’t last in your hands too long and it’s back to hurling snow balls at your enemies using your dominant throwing arm. For me, it was a real PITA because my arm got tired after awhile and I kept dying.

One cool aspect to the game is that you can raise your hand and block the incoming snowballs so you don’t have to move or hide behind objects not to get hit. The down side of this is that you can’t simultaneously block an incoming snowball and throw a snowball at the same time.

the-gun-merry-snowballsBonus Items

In addition to the gun, which you need to throw a snowball at to equip it in your hand, there are also presents scattered around the levels you can throw snowballs at and gain points. If I were you, however, I’d avoid the presents since their only function is to give you 100 points and it’s not really enough to distract you from all the other kids trying to knock you out of the game with their incoming projectiles.

hide-using-your-surroundings-merry-snowballsLeaderboard

After you get hit with enough snowballs the game ends and you see where your place is on the leaderboard. Since I did so well, I wound up at position 173, an all time high for me with this game! I played the game for about 20 minutes before it got boring and I had to take off my Vive and boot up Werewolves Within from Ubisoft for some different VR action.

Unfortunately, there’s not that much depth to the entire game. It’s basically a snow ball fight with NPCs trying to knock you out of the game. Maybe that’s why I didn’t have a lot of fun with it, but I looked at their reviews on Steam and most of them are positive, so it looks like the community is liking the first game from Hatrabbit Entertainment.

I read the reviews and it looks like the game was priced higher at an earlier point and the community made sure to let them know the game was too highly priced so they adjusted it down to $5.99. Still, I think that’s a bit high compared with some of the games. If you want some simple fun for your kids to play with over the holiday break, then this is definitely a good deal for the kids, they’ll absolutely love it!!!

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Review Score
7.5 / 10.0
Pros
- Fun game for the kids
- Good looking graphics
- Fun for short periods of time
Cons
- The price is a bit high for such a short game play experience
- After you've played the game a couple of times, it gets old.
- Aiming system doesn't make the game as fun as it could be
- Use of the power-ups (aks the snow ball gun) is way too short
Summary
If you're looking to pick up a cheap game for the kids this holiday season, this is a great title for them. However, it doesn't appeal to the mass market the demographic for the Vive hits and I am afraid it will not sell as well as some of the other games and apps it has to compete against.
Gameplay Mechanic7.5
Sound Effects & Music7
Artwork & Visuals8
Cost7.5

 

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