There might be a fun game in Novadrome, but we'll never know, because the trial version did very little to whet our appetite. Novadrome has over 20 vehicles to choose from, but the trial version gives you access to only two vehicles that aren't very different from each other. There are several weapons to obtain in the game as well, but the trial version gives access to one -- and only one -- of the most boring weapons ever devised. Just hold the fire button down ... yawn. If that doesn't sell it for you, why not have fun poking around on the entire three arenas the trial version affords you.
The gameplay seems a little chaotic, and not in a good way. There's simply too much stuff going on at once, and it doesn't feel very cohesive. The cars are small, and so are the power-ups. This makes power-ups easy to miss, and forces players to turn around for a second pass, wasting time to do so. The controls don't make this any easier either. Powersliding is relegated to a button for some reason, rather than being a function of braking during a turn. It's disconcerting when all you want to do is turn around quickly -- especially when you're being tailed.
Honestly, with more weapons, vehicles, and tracks, Novadrome might be passable. But as it stands, we're left with 8 cars chasing each other and all using the same boring weapon (imagine Street Fighter, only every character has exactly the same moves). It's very possible that the faults we see in the trial version could be overlooked with the addition of some variety. Unfortunately, based on the trial version alone, Novadrome is impossible to recommend, especially for 800 points. There just isn't enough content here to make a valid assessment, and so the only assessment we're left with is that Novadrome just isn't worth it.
Let this be a lesson to Arcade developers (and publishers) on how not to build a trial game.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Released 2013-11-22