Stickman Super Athletics
Developed by: CoderChild
Published by: CoderChild
Release date: August 4, 2016 (3DS)
Available on: 3DS
Genre: Action, Sports
Number of Players: Single-Player
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Thank you CoderChild for sending us the game to review!
With the Olympics being all the buzz this year, Stickman Super Athletics from CoderChild aims to offer a similar gaming experience on the 3DS. With seven different events to complete in, there's always room to improve in this rhythm sports title that features stickmen.
In order to actually see the events individually you'll have to play the qualifying mode. In this mode the player must complete all seven events in a timely manner. After which, the individual events can be played. These are classic Olympian games like: the 100-meter dash, swimming laps, cycling, the long jump, and other running games. It's a decent selection, but it becomes a little stale after long periods of play.
Strong Points: Engaging gameplay; Online leaderboards; Excellent entry-level rhythm type game
Weak Points: No online multiplayer; No way to play all the events against A.I.; Only seven events
Moral Warnings: None
The key to success in the events themselves is mastering the rhythm-like game mechanic. As the game takes place on the top screen, the bottom screen displays the targets that must be tapped or held with the stylus as it moves across the screen. Depending on how well your timing and precision are, you'll receive different point values from the targets. Getting closer to the maximum of 100 points will usually give the player's stickman a faster speed boost. This mechanic allows for improvement every time you play an event, which is what kept me coming back to try and get higher on the leaderboards.
Visually, this one is pretty nice. As you'll be looking at the bottom screen while you play, you won't really see what is happening on the top screen. This isn't an issue as after the event a nice replay will come on screen, giving time to appreciate everything with a nice 3D layering. It's nothing too impressive, but since this game has you playing as a stickman, you can't really expect next-gen graphics. The music is also nice and fits well with the events. It's hard to explain, but it sounds like something you'd expect to hear in a game about the Olympics.
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)
Game Score - 70%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5
Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10
There are a few issues though, mainly the lack of online multiplayer. This game would have been perfect to actually compete against others around the world, rather than just see who has the fastest time on a leaderboard. There's also no way to complete in all events against A.I. The qualifying mode only has you racing by yourself, and the events can only be played one at a time against computer stickmen. It's also frustrating having one go at an event before it boots you back to the title screen.
Stickman Super Athletics isn't the most in depth experience when it comes to these Olympic themed video games. It certainly doesn't compare to the Mario and Sonic Olympic games, but this also isn't a full priced AAA title. At its introduction price of $2.49, I'd recommend picking this one up as it's a cheap and entertaining experience in short bursts. Just remember, it's all about accuracy!