Son of Scoregasm (PS Vita) Review

By Thom Compton 11.01.2018

Review for Son of Scoregasm on PS Vita

Multipliers are important. Sure, you can just mindlessly mash buttons, kicking some half-dressed opponent repeatedly in the head, or blowing up zombies as they swarm a nearby car containing important loot. However, if you want that coveted high score, you're going to need to build up that multiplier. Son of Scoregasm isn't just all about building up the multiplier, but it's extremely important to the game as a whole. Honestly, though, it's really the other things that Son of Scoregasm does that make it stand apart from similar titles.

Son of Scoregasm is a top-down shooter, similar to Geometry Wars. The player is gifted a finite amount of space to work in, and must survive seemingly endless waves of shooter chaos in order to proceed to the next level. Levels really don't last that long, though, taking what seems like forever and jamming it into small time frames that don't seem to take longer than a minute or two.

Where Son of Scoregasm exceeds is coming up with some really interesting twists on traditional shooter opponents. It would be easy to survive a seemingly never-ending onslaught of opponents if the player weren't surrounded by lasers that will instantly kill them. One of the more intimidating early enemies explodes red pellets that will kill you on contact, although they can be absorbed with a well timed pulse.

Screenshot for Son of Scoregasm on PS Vita

Managing the pulse is so important. Enemies killed using this feature will add to the player's multiplier, but it also works wonders for damage control. Surrounded by an insurmountable amount of enemies? Hit that R button and clear out a good space of the screen to survive in. As the player moves from level to level, this ensures not only a better degree of success, but also a higher final score when the bell finally tolls for thee.

The act of moving between levels, but being able to start a new run from any level the player wants (as long as they have already beaten it), is a nice touch. Even better, at the end of each level, you have to choose between a green portal or an orange one. The orange one leads to a more difficult level, while the green one leads to something a bit easier. Easier being extremely subjective, that is, as the game only gets easier the more each of the levels are played.

Really, the biggest letdown is the visual presentation. This isn't a huge blemish during gameplay, though, as the most noticeable failure is how weirdly thin and almost choppy the lines of each arena look. Really, the game's most unappealing moments are on the main menu. It's really not a big enough deal, though, to justify avoiding the game altogether. Really, it's a minor price to pay for a title that's this good, overall.

Screenshot for Son of Scoregasm on PS Vita

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

While dying in the same place over and over gets frustrating after awhile, Son of Scoregasm does a great job pushing the player to try one more time. Bite-sized levels are so chaotic that it feels like each one was a major achievement, even if the next level is patiently waiting to show you what the real definition of difficult is. Any twin-stick fan would be remiss not to pick up Son of Scoregasm, as it's just a delightful entry to the Vita catalogue, through and through.

Developer

R C Knight

Publisher

Charlie's Games

Genre

Shooter

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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