Review: Bud Spencer & Terence Hill – Slaps And Beans (PlayStation 4)

Bud Spencer and Terence Hill in their first virtual adventure. Slaps And Beans is a co-operative or single player scrolling beat’ em up game with the addition of platform elements and mini-games in which you’ll interpret the characters of Bud Spencer and Terence.

Pros:

  • Smooth modern pixel looking graphics.
  • 2.34GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Medium and hard.
  • Invert axis.
  • Customise characters clothing colors.
  • Side scrolling beat em up gameplay.
  • Two playable characters- Bud or Terence.
  • Two players local co-op support.
  • Arcade atmosphere.
  • Slick animations.
  • Can fast forward cutscenes.
  • Pause screen is neat as it pulls away and you see the game within an arcade cabinet.
  • End of level performance breakdown.
  • Havey, Light and grab attacks.
  • Fun little mini-games include buggy racing, button mashers etc.
  • Shooting sections- Aim your shots within the time limit.
  • Weapons to pick up.
  • Can pick up downed enemies and either attack with them or throw them.
  • Can dual wield including carrying two people at once.
  • Health item drops.
  • Good sound effects.
  • Combo counter.
  • 12 levels to unlock.
  • Jukebox- Play any of the music from the game.
  • Simple familiar control layout.
  • Some great locations.
  • Easy to get into.

Cons:

  • No tutorial.
  • Feels a bit lifeless in game.
  • No powerful move to clear/knock enemies away.
  • AI partner will take all weapons and health items.
  • AI partner has been known to get stuck in an animation stopping progress.
  • Limited move set.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Little replay value.
  • No voice work.
  • A lot of stop-start.
  • Very repetitive.
  • Getting hit off-screen.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

A very solid beat em up with a lot of influence from games like Streets of Rage or Final Fight. It sticks to the formula, Adds in throwing enemies but for the most part, really sticks to the formula. Where the game goes off on its own is it introduces its own little mini-game sections which are excellent fun And add in a few level-specific events like ducking when on a train. I did enjoy the game but its just when you are actually playing, Especially in solo, The world just felt flat and quiet. Only music and punch sounds fill your ears, It could do with a bit of life in it. I grew tired of the same series of events over and over but come on its a faithful take on the old arcade beat em up, For that, it nails it and keeps that dream alive, You just have to decide if that’s your thing? Like I say the mini games are good and peppered through the game which does break it up somewhat but they are a bit far apart. In short, a faithful modern take on the beat ’em up genre with fun mini-games keeps it a fun ride.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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