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Kersploosh Box Art
System/s: 3DS
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
GD Score: 86
Press Scores
Release Date:
N. America: Mar. 7, 2013
Europe: N/A
Australia: N/A
Japan: N/A
ESRB: Pending

"Small Game, Big Splash"

REVIEW |

Author: Neil Kapit  

Many of the most successful games operate under the simplest principles. Tetris doesn’t go beyond stacking blocks in the correct order, but it’s recognizable to anyone who’s ever used a computer. Angry Birds requires no motor skill greater than flicking a bird at a fortress of pigs, but Rovio has stretched that out to make billions off of sequels and merchandise. While Kersploosh isn’t likely to become a commercial juggernaut like either of those games, it utilizes that kind of minimalistic design to offer a surprisingly addictive experience that will suck you in deeper than any of the game’s subterranean wells.

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The story behind Kersploosh —such as it is, anyway— involves bored people on the countryside throwing things down wells. As you play through the game, you get different objects to toss away, from simple stones, to bouncy balls, to Russian nesting dolls. Each object gives a different "story" in dialogue before it’s tossed, upon which the actual game starts, getting the object to the bottom of the well in one piece. However, the trip down the well is filled with hazards that threaten to destroy whatever you throw, ranging from simple obstacles to cannons or lava geysers. It’s not clear why someone would build a well filled with canons and lava, but it makes for a good challenge. 

While the levels of Kersploosh defy even the flimsiest excuse for video game logic, the game itself has a strong design that offers a great experience. Controls are very simple, using the Circle Pad to steer your thrown object away from danger so it can head to the bottom of the well in once piece and make the eponymous sound. You can acquire power-ups to repair your object and speed up its descent, though they’re difficult to safely reach. Kersploosh becomes quite a difficult game, and leaving an object intact becomes a hardcore endeavor in the later levels.

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Kersploosh serves as a surprisingly effective showcase for the 3DS. It’s not a particularly long or deep game, but it offers more than enough content for its $3 USD price point. Its controls take advantage of the system’s intuitive Circle Pad, giving the player the level of responsiveness needed to survive the later levels. The drop down the well makes superb use of the 3D effect. It’s ironic that this modern video game technology is being used to recreate one of the most simple analog pastimes, but since Kersploosh adds so much to the simple throwing of a rock down a pit, perhaps it’s appropriate.

GameDynamo's Score for Kersploosh (3DS)
Graphics
Appealing cel-shaded design and exceptional use of the 3D effect to convey depth.
Sound
There are only a couple music tracks, but they're appealing in a get-stuck-in-your-head sort of way.
Gameplay
A simple but addictive formula with the kind of absurd imagery at which video games excel.
Play Value
Plenty of levels and unlockables for a very low price (at least by eShop standards).
 
Final Score  86  
Kersploosh is a pleasantly surprising gem, the kind you wouldn't want to overlook and chuck down a well, even if that's what the game is about.

Posted on 03/20/2013 | Game Played on: 3DS
Neil Kapit

Neil Kapit is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and "La Li Lu Le Lo" agent based in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on www.therubynation.com.

The views of GameDynamo's writers are not necessarily the views of the website as a whole. However, we support freedom of speech and enjoy diverse opinions about video games. Hopefully you do too!

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