Review: Kivi, Toilet and Shotgun

Kivi, Toilet and Shotgun is a top-down shooter game similar where you drive and blast your way down desert roads collecting power-ups, new weapons, and upgrades to your car. The controls are similar to that of Devolver Digital’s Hotline Miami, where you control the turning and movement independently of one another. I personally like this movement style, but I feel it could have been executed better in this game. If they; for example, sped up the player movement, it would have meshed better with the turning to create a fast-paced combat method. The driving is similar, with the player using WASD to move the car and the mouse to operate the gun above the car. The car movement definitely needs some work, the controls are too floaty and small turns (especially at high speeds) will send the car far off the course you wanted to be on.

The combat is ok, but parts of it (especially the enemy AI) need to be adjusted. The player combat is the best of the two, with the player having to move around and take cover around the buildings, keeping the combat very dynamic. The car combat, on the other hand, is simplistic and often boils down to sitting just outside of the enemy car’s range and shelling it with bullets until it explodes. The guns themselves are fairly standard with pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, and the like; however, these are improved vastly with fantastic sound effects that really improve the gameplay.

The graphics themselves are some basic 16-bit sprites but work well with the atmosphere of an arcade game this game was attempting to garner. The colors are muddy and drab which is no insult to this game, as I feel it was going for a sort of washed out desert look. The music itself is good with some simple but catchy bit tracks. My only problem with this is that the music is repetitive, with only 3 or 4 tracks that just kind of loop.

Overall, the game is good but not without its flaws. The art and music are ok, the controls definitely need some work, and the gameplay is solid, but needs tweaks to improve it. That’s why my rating for this game is a 6.5/10 with a label of “has potential”.

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