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December 15, 2015

Demo Review 42: chick chick BOOM

Volleyball with chickens! And explosives! What’s not to love? Oh, and weights. And chomping plants, too. Get your seatbelt, we’re in for a ride in a serious game here. The idea behind chick chick BOOM is that there are five chickens – more like balls with feathers and beaks – on each side of a fence. Each side has its turn, during which they can summon either a bomb, a weight or a plant; the idea is to defeat the other team’s chickens by inflicting damage to them. However, there’s more strategy to it than it seems, as both sides can use ink to summon lines that will protect them from the other team’s nasty tricks.

Aside from that, we also have thunder clouds that appear at random, that both teams can activate. Oh, and each arena apparently has its own traps, such as UFOs that kidnap the chicks. But don’t worry, if you lose too many Hit Points, you can wait for Corncobman to appear in the background and shoot it! Oh, and of course, if enough damage gets dealt regardless of side, a piñata may fall on the fence, and then you can shoot it to get a power-up!

You probably have no idea what I just said. And yeah, it does sound pretty insane. The tutorial alone will take you at least 15 minutes to complete.

Although I really find the idea funny, I’m really not a fan of this game. For starters, almost everything is done through dot-to-dot games; as in, to activate any power-up, you need to hover the cursor on a circle on the screen and connect the dots. After which, if you were quick enough, you can shoot a target to gain upgrades to your weapon, and then activate it.

Dammit, every line I add to this review removes some sense out of this game!

But, um… yeah, no, it’s not for me. It sounds like a funny strategy game, really, but I don’t like how just about everything is down to how well you control the cursor. Because that’s pretty much what it is; move over the dots to connect them with the cursor; draw lines with the cursor. Though, the art style is alright, and there are enough features to keep one busy if they like this sort of funny yet complex game. But no, it’s just not for me. Try the demo. You might like it more than I did.