Smash Hit Plunder is out in the EU this Friday! You can play the game single player – but you can also play together with friends and family with local co-op and vs. multiplayer gameplay using the TV screen. Today’s post is all about our different game modes. Let’s #SmashTogether !
Single Player & Co-op
Smash Hit Plunder has a full single player campaign, with plenty of story and levels to go through! There’s three different game modes to play in each level;
Smash, burn, pillage everything and find as much loot as possible in the time limit. Your timer is always ticking down so much like Katamari you will end up finding your most profitable route through a level.
Now it’s time to find the item most wanted by Grandma. Look in your book, recall where that item is in the dungeon and race to get there! Try not to disturb the ghosts on your way! The time limit ticks down, but everytime you find and collect the right item you get loot and extra time to find the next. Rather like Crazy Taxi, the quicker you find that next item the larger the score and the more the bonus time.
Do away with a time limit and have unlimited health, and explore at your own pace. Find the best sources of loot, see where all the secrets are hidden, and scout out your path to riches. Of course you can just mess around if you wish, I quite like building and balancing the biggest pile of objects all around the level into one tall tower, then smashing or burning the lot in one go. This mode is also perfect for people new to VR, allowing them the freedom to get used to the experience before the serious competition begins.
All three of these game modes are single player, but at any time you can have someone join you while you are in VR by using the TV screen and another controller. The TV player will join as a friendly Goblin! They can either start alongside by joining in the level-select area, or drop into a game in progress. If you don’t wish them there – they can also leave at any time. This means you can either play through the whole campaign co-op if you wish, or just have someone join you quickly for that one room full of ghosts or to help with that one object you can find in Scavenger Hunt. We don’t punish your score in any way for having a co-op player help – but you can see a breakdown at the end of who’s got what as well as your combined score. This allows similar sort of feel to that of Zelda: Four Swords – you can work together to complete the dungeon if you like, but you can also compete for the highest score!
While you can fight each other in co-op if you wanted to, a more arranged challenge is really fun. Now you can have one VR player and up to three TV players playing against each other in either of our two vs. modes in our bigger dungeons.
Grandma has lost jewelry boxes full of treasure in each of the dungeon rooms. Follow Grandma to the room she’s in, smash up the room and discover the box. Now come the brawling action as you have to be the first to give the jewelry box to Grandma to win it’s precious prize! Throw anything you can find at the player with the box to get them to drop it. The team with the most treasure wins!
This is one is special, as it really only works because of the different views the VR and TV players have. It’s a little like Hide and Seek, but with much more action! The VR player is a Poltergeist – which means a ghost that cannot be seen but can interact with the living world and move objects. The Poltergeist has to destroy the dungeon and get enough gems to unlock the trapped ghosts in each room. The TV Goblins have to stop the VR Poltergeist – but how do they do that if they cannot see the player? They have to look for clues, for the trail of destruction and try and catch the Poltergeist in action. When they think they have found the Poltergeist they can use their Torch to reveal them. The Goblins also have a bit of their own magic which charges up over time, when ready – a Goblin can cast a spell over the dungeon which reveals where the Poltergeist is hiding. Throw objects at the Poltergeist, be them either hidden or revealed, in order to dispel them and stop them from freeing the ghosts. If the Poltergeist runs out of time or health, the Goblins win – but if the Poltergeist frees enough ghosts, they win!
In related news – we were recently at EGX, and much fun was had by by both single-players and multi-players. We also did a talk about the development of our multiplayer modes. You can watch it below!
You can buy the game from PSN, GAME or Amazon.
As you can see, there’s a lot of content and plenty to do! Hope you enjoy having a smashing time together!