Review: Vroom Kaboom (PlayStation 4)

VROOM KABOOM is a brand-new type of gameplay experience. A ‘Tower Rush with Vehicles’, this game combines elements from collectible card games, tower defense & multiplayer online battles. Engage in 1v1, 2v2 or 3v3 battles.

Pros:

  • Ok graphics.
  • 9.47GB Download size.
  • 12 Trophies.
  • Gameplay is a cross between Twisted metal meets a card battler.
  • Customize avatar and decks.
  • How the game plays out is you have a hand of cards with a resource cost and a car on it. Earn resources and play cards to launch the cars onto the track. Destroy the enemies base to win.
  • Scraps- Earned from loot boxes in the game and spend on new cards.
  • Resources are on the track, There are 2 types one flame and one oil. Oil is for playing normal cards and fire is for playing much more powerful cards.
  • Laned battlefield- Press left and right to change lanes and you auto accelerate.
  • PSVR support which acts a lot like an additional camera view.
  • You have offensive (cars, trucks, tanks etc) and defensive (roadblocks, pumps etc)cards.
  • Recycle unwanted cards in the game to gain a portion of their resource cost back as an incentive.
  • You can play multiple cards at one.
  • You don’t have to manage every car you launch, They just go and have some basic AI decision making.
  • Airborne action with missiles and a vehicle like a Moth which is a buggy on a balloon where you can shoot down with a machine gun. It really mixes it up.
  • Hot-swap between cars.
  • Collect random cards in the game.
  • Every car has its own unique ability like ram, shoot or jump along with each car getting a nitro button.
  • Earn victory points (EXP) and level up to earn a loot box. You can go down as well as up.
  • Campaign- Earn stars for performance against the AI in set scenarios. Over a dozen levels for each of the three factions.
  • Three factions each with unique cards, models, and custom options.
  • Training mode.
  • A quick match which like an arcade mode.
  • Custom game- Create or search, Can make private rooms and add any AI bots and has an invite system.

Cons:

  • No tutorials or explanations.
  • Steep learning curve.
  • Cards/decks not explained.
  • PS3 looking graphics.
  • Sometimes you blow up for no reason.
  • Bland campaign.
  • Cold basic menus.
  • Can get stuck in scenery.
  • Possible to hit your own team and get stuck on them.
  • A lot of loading screens.
  • Loose handling.
  • No frills track design.
  • No level selection for online play.

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

Summary

Coming at you like a Twisted metal game with card battler mechanics, Vroom Kaboom does a great job at mashing these two together and it works! I mean playing cards to launch an onslaught of cars to take down your enemy is really cool. I just wish you had a proper fleshed out tutorial whereby you can learn everything at once, Get help on deck building and just go a bit deeper with it all. As the first game of this type, it is a good effort and has a lot of potential for the next game being a lot deeper and polished. As soon as you get to grips with all the rules and loose handling, You can get many fun hours out of it but be warned its a lot to take in and learn, A real slog and their deck building is not as in-depth as you would hope instead opting for just a simple pick a couple of cards, No leveling cards up or anything. In short a fun game with a lot of character but refuses to help you learn the game and lacks a deep deck builder.

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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