JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters review: when billiards and RPGs collide
When I was growing up, my grandpa had a billiards table in his basement that I loved to play with. I never really got into using the queues or even trying to learn how to play, but I loved rolling the balls as hard as I could and knocking other balls into the pockets. It was just so satisfying hearing the balls clash or seeing where they would all scatter. I could literally do it for hours.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters recreates this feeling and adds a few RPG elements to make it a really satisfying and, true to its name, bizarrely fun game.
For those unfamiliar with the series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is both a manga and an anime that has been running in Japan since the 80s. It is one of Jump’s most successful franchises and Stardust Shooters is not the anime’s first video game. Both the series protagonists, Joseph and Jonathan Joestar, have been featured in numerous games throughout the years including the upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs.
In Stardust Shooters you fling tokens into your enemies’ pieces to deal damage and collect dropped items. Your tokens represent different characters from the JoJo universe and have different stats to keep in mind. These include your basic HP, strength, and even element affiliation. Each character also has their own unique special attack that can be activated after reaching certain requirements. These are features you would expect out of any RPG.
What makes Stardust Shooters unique, and actually enjoyable is its gameplay. To attack other tokens, you need to pull back and aim your own. With a simple pull and release action, you will fling your tokens into enemy pieces that will then scatter the tokens throughout the board. We’ve seen puzzle RPGs and board game RPGs, but this new billiards RPG is refreshing. The gameplay is fast paced and incredibly satisfying.
With it being billiards like, you can expect a great deal of physics fun as you angle your tokens to hit as many opponents as possible. If you ram straight into your opponent’s token going full force, then your piece will attack everything in a straight line. However, if you put less force into your fling and angle it to hit the side of your opponent’s piece, you may be able to bounce off your target and hit multiple enemies. Just like a game of billiards.
What may be my favorite part about this RPG is that you will not need to sink hours upon hours into it. Stardust Shooters is great casual fun that you can just pick up and play at any time. There is a stamina system in place that limits the number plays you have, but they are quickly replenished and not all that restrictive.
All in all Stardust Shooters looks really good for an iOS game. The game uses the artistic design used in the current JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime, which any fan will enjoy. Between quests, the game even shows a short 3D animated cutscene that is kind of impressive.
Keeping with the fast paced feel of the game, Stardust Shooters has a hardcore soundtrack that features some great rock themes. The music is very fitting, but what really sells the sound in this mobile game is its sound effects. Every time your token smashes into an enemy, you are rewarded the sound of metal clashing against metal. I can’t begin to explain the satisfaction I feel when I hear one token hit another and then see it ricochet all over the board. It just feels good.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters is great for some casual gaming, and if you have access to the Japanese App Store, I highly recommend picking it up. Yes, the game is all in Japanese, but you will not need to know a single character to enjoy this game. It’s all about the gameplay.
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