- System: PC, PS4
- Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
- Developer: IguanaBee
- Release Date: July 24, 2018
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Action, Sports
- Players: 1-2 (2-4 Online)
- Official Website: http://www.iceberg-games.com/headsnatchers/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
If one were to explain Headsnatchers to someone, they would probably look at you strangely. The main goal of Headsnatchers is to take the heads off your opponents and use them in ways to score points. An example of this is a mini-game where players must use the heads of the other players as a bowling balls to knock down their pins. This may sound very strange but this is the first positive element to Headsnatchers. When Headsnatchers works, it makes for some really fun times.
The mini-games—of which there are only 6 available for the early access—is where Headsnatchers works perfectly. There’s just something exciting about running around trying to punch your friends, pick up their heads and then using the head to score a touchdown or slam dunk. Even when we were only in games with a few people, we still were smiling as we frantically tried to avoid losing our heads. We hope to see more mini-games in the full version of Headsnatchers but for now, the 6 maps are enough for some good times to be had. Equally, you can spend some nice amount of time creating custom heads—with hundreds of options—that while they can’t be used online yet, at least can be used in games with friends for some extra laughter to be had looking at the strange creations people have made.
Unfortunately, if you have problems finding games online—which we ran into numerous times—and don’t have friends playing Headsnatchers, you’ll begin to see the major issues with this game. When you can’t play with friends, you’ll be forced to play the single player which is a platforming focused mode that fails in fun and execution. The jumping is utterly horrible where trying to jump two feet will sometimes send you ten feet forward or vice versa. Equally, the mode itself is just repetitive and lacks the enjoyment the multiplayer modes have. Stay away from the single player mode for the time being in Headsnatchers; maybe in the later updates it will work better. For now, it’s a horrible mode that lacks fun in any form. At least, the single player looks good thanks to the solid visuals Headsnatchers offers.
Speaking about visuals, let’s conclude our review of Headsnatchers on a good note and speak about how it looks. Headsnatchers’ cartoonish visuals look impressive with a vast amount of detail in backgrounds and the heads. While it won’t push your graphics card to the limits—which we didn’t expect it to honestly—it at least looks sharp. The music too is pretty good with several tunes that keep things from being mute. The single player song though is over used and honestly forced us to mute it after dying numerous times so we just used our own music during our single player runs.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Fun mini-games
- Tons of fun with friends or other players
- Impressive visuals
- Head customization elements are very robust
- Multiplayer lacks players currently
- Single player has some terrible platforming
- Early access doesn’t show a full variety of possible mini games yet