[PS4/Vita Double Review] Bouncy Bullets Review
Bouncy Bullets is the latest release from Petite Games and Ratalaika Games on PS4 and PS Vita. Learn more about this colorful first-person game in our Bouncy Bullets review!
In a world where the sky is blue and water is pink, with icebergs replaced by floating ice-creams, Bouncy Bullets is a colourfully vibrant first-person shooter that will task players to traverse wonderful terrains, in a bid to reach the portal that awaits them at the end of every level!
Getting to the end won’t be easy though, since one bad leap, is enough to send you back to the beginning of your current level and if you run into enemies, they will shoot you. To counter this, armed with a gun of your own that’s loaded with bullets that bounce, you have the option to shoot first and rescue the occasional friend.
* 4 worlds made up of 12 levels each (48 levels in total)
* Plenty of colourful terrains for players to bounce around on and shoot enemies
* Friends in need of rescuing
* First-person exploration and combat
This is a double review for Bouncy Bullets. Ceidz and EdEN played the game, and this review presents what they both had to say.
Ratalaika Games is back with a new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita cross-buy release, this time with a game from indie Petite Games. This means that trophy hunters can get ready to add two more trophies to their collection with a single purchase, and I’m here to let you know that not only is it a fast Platinum trophy that will take you less than an hour to unlock, it’s also a fun game to play on your home console or on your portable!
Your goals for the game are simple: stay alive and reach the portal at the end of the level to complete it so that you can move on to the next level in the set. There are 84 levels to play in total, split between normal levels that are easier to complete, and special levels that will include more enemies for you to defeat. The game has a very colorful presentation in which the water below the platforms is pink, there are giant ice cream cones and colorful cylinders and hoops floating around, which was a bit weird.
You are going to die a lot in this one, which is not a bad thing since with every time you die you will get to learn from your mistakes so that you can do better as you quickly retry at the press of a button – any button on the controller will restart the level when you get the screen that lets you know you’ve failed. You might have missed a jump, or not been fast enough to shoot an enemy before it got to shoot you, but don’t worry since you will use what you’ve learned to get better as you find out what the layout for each short level is.
I had fun playing Bouncy Bullets on PlayStation 4 for this review since its first-person shooter gameplay mechanics were easy to understand, and the game had a very colorful presentation that grabbed my attention. The soundtrack is something that is not easy on your ears since it’s a bit repetitive as each song is played over and over for different sets of levels, but if you don’t like it you can easily lower its volume from the options menu you can access from the main menu for the game.
As Ceidz mentioned, Bouncy Bullets is the new game from Ratalaika Games who has been releasing a ton of fun games on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita with cross-buy and full trophy lists with a Platinum trophy for your efforts. The one exception to this is Back in 1995, which was not as fun as it could have been, and Bird Game+, which unfortunately does not have a PlayStation Vita counterpart since it seems that there were some issues with trying to get the game up and running on Sony’s little portable console.
In Bouncy Bullets, you’re going to move around with the left analog stick and jump with the X button to avoid enemy attacks and to go from platform to platform as needed. Since this one has bullets right in the game, and since it is indeed a first-person shooter, you will move the camera around with the right analog stick, and shoot with the L or r buttons, with each shooting out a bullet of a different color. The R one is for purple, and it can be used to defeat purple enemies, while the L one is for yellow bullets, for beating yellow enemies. There are also black enemies that need to be defeated by hitting them with bullets that have bounced at least once. Oh, and please don’t shoot the grey squares, since they’re hostages.
If you’re the type of gamer that like’s to 100% each game you play, then you’re going to need to pay attention to the layout for each level since you will be graded based on how fast you are at completing a level to be awarded between one to three stars. If you’re not fast enough at finishing one level, the game will show you the time limit in seconds you need to beat to get the stars that you might be missing, which is good since it will allow you to see how many seconds you need to shave from your overall completion time for that stage.
As for the trophy list for this one, you have one for dying for the first time, which is very easy to get, as well as trophies for defeating a purple enemy, a yellow enemy, a black enemy, and for “accidentally” shooting a grey enemy. There is one for getting a three-star rating for a level, while the rest are for completing five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five normal levels, as well as completing three and six of the special levels. As you can see, you don’t need to complete all 84 levels in the game to get the Platinum trophy, which means you can get your Platinum in around 30-40 minutes or so.
Bouncy Bullets is a colorful first-person shooter that is easy to play since the controls are not overly complicated, and the gameplay mechanics – shoot things with the bullets that match their color – is something that you’re going to have fun with. We do want to mention that the overall framerate is not as solid nor high when playing on the PS Vita, which was to be expected. It’s not game-breaking, but it does feel considerably different after playing it on PS4. Having a Platinum trophy in a budget PlayStation cross-buy release is always great news, so be sure to give this $4.99 game a try!
This Bouncy Bullets review is based on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita copies provided by Ratalaika Games.