Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PS Vita
- Publisher: DotEmu
- Developer: DotEmu
- Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Action, Sports, Fighting
- Players: 1-2 (Online and Local)
- Official Website: http://www.dotemu.com/game/windjammers/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Windjammers, at its core, is a simple game. The whole idea is to throw a disc from one side of a court to the other and make it so your opponent either drops the disc or it lands in the goal. Windjammers could be compared to classic titles like Pong and or Air Hockey so you can better understand what you’re looking at once you pick up the controller. Though there are some components of gameplay that make this seemingly simple title anything but simple. Let us explain that as we talk about the gameplay.
As we mentioned players are on a court style stadium. You will pick a character—one of six—each with different skills, speed levels and power levels. From here you will go on one of six courts—which aren’t there for anything more than visual aesthetics—and launch your disc at your opponent. The idea is simple but the complexity comes in the form of having different means of throwing the disc. Players can throw the disc at the walls and bounce it off them—which is why we mentioned Air Hockey—and can even lob it in the air to cause an opponent to drop it. To top this off, each of the six playable characters have their own special skills to launch the disc in different ways such as spinning it faster or even making it spin in odd circular motions. There is a lot to learn in Windjammers and if you want to win—especially against the AI on tougher difficulties—then you’re going to need to master these control, though luckily there is an easy how to play included in Windjammers.
Graphically and sound wise, Windjammers is indeed an older title. Though that doesn’t mean we didn’t enjoy the classic look and sound. Sure it may not appeal to everyone who plays more modern games but for those who miss the days of the NeoGeo then you’re going to enjoy Windjammers for these classic looks. Now then folks with all the good we have to say about Windjammers there are a few issues with it. Though don’t worry we don’t have much bad to say about Windjammers.
As we mentioned early on Windjammers is indeed old; 23 years to be exact. That means that this is a title that newer gamers may not love too much if they can’t stand games that don’t have 1080p graphics. Windjammers can be adjusted to fit all screens and even has the means of turning off the scan lines but that won’t make it a newer game unfortunately. As we said, though, we can appreciate those older looks and have little issues with them. Though we’re sure most even newer games may not care about the retro vibe if they can appreciate a fun game.
Online wise, Windjammers also has a few issues. While we didn’t run into any online issues—or local for that matter—there have been reports by others online that have noticed some lag and while it doesn’t ruin the game it can still be seen as annoying. We also wish there was more options of customization online but again just having an online service for a game that originally only supported couch multiplayer is a truly great thing indeed.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple but fun gameplay
- Mastery of gameplay is a must
- Mini games are fun distractions
- Online play
- Retro looks
- Decent price of admission
- Online can be a bit laggy at times
- Not much in terms of overall package
- May not appeal to those who don’t like retro games
- May get old fast for some