In October last year, ATVG had a blast taking Hovercraft: Battle Arena for a spin.
While it’s hard to make a case for High Score Hero’s Hovercraft series of games to be considered graphical eye-candy, it doesn’t take long to see past the blocks and find the fun.
In Battle Arena, lazy players like myself who just want to jump in and get busy pew-pewing can select a pre-made ship, while those with time to kill and creativity to burn, can piece together their own design block by painstaking block.
Once done, as the title suggests, Battle: Arena tasks players with battling it out in an arena. Sounds fun, right? It is.
Scrolling through the Twitter feed earlier this week, ATVG was happy to discover that High Score Hero is only days away from releasing the latest in its Hovercraft series – Hovercraft: Getaway. And better yet, it’s tvOS-compatible.
And that means it’s time for a post.
In a weird little tangential side-note, regular readers will have picked up on the fact that I like listening to music while I hammer out these posts, and in the background I’ve got Eric Lewis’s (yes I’m using ‘s after an s. Deal with it. And while we’re in parentheses, I’ll also mention that I don’t think I’m hip enough, or familiar enough with his music to call him ELEW, even though it’s written on the album cover) 2019 record Cubism playing. It’s a bunch of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s compositions rendered on solo piano. And it’s really good.
Anyway, an album titled Cubism as the background for this post seems coincidentally appropriate. But I’m not a big believer in coincidence. Or music as background music. Music should be listened to, which is why it takes me so long to write a post, as my brain gets torn two ways, as I sit and focus on the music for a bit, while the other half of my brain tries to get its head around finding words to describe a video game. Switching between one and the other. It’s challenging work folks. Not dissimilar to juggling chainsaws while spinning plates. So mentally challenging, without the risk of physical dismemberment.
Alright, moving on.
Hovercraft: Getaway shifts the perspective from behind the vehicle to a more top-down, birds-eye view, and watching the trailer, you’ll see why PAKO Forever springs to mind.
PAKO Forever is a fun little pick-up-and-play game of avoidance, and you can check out ATVG’s thoughts right here. It’s not just the top-down view these two games have in common, but also the desire (intentional or not) to honour the Blues Brothers, in that players are on the run from the law.
As with Battle Arena, players can choose off-the-shelf models, or go the completely custom route. Once built, equip your ride with “guns, lasers, missiles, mines and more,” boasts the App Store notes.
High Score Hero promises thousands of possible weapon combos, including tracking lasers, homing rockets, and proximity mines, encouraging players to cause enough mayhem to attract the attention of the Crimson Elite Force and tangle with the best.
August 29 is when you can get your hands on Hovercraft: Getaway, and it’s actually available for pre-order right now, meaning come the end of this week, you can simply wake up and start playing, with the virtual hamsters made of ones and zeroes that live inside your Apple TV having done the heavy lifting while you’re asleep.
Hovercraft: Getaway – brought to you by jazz and a Viognier/Chenin Blanc blend.
Yeah, ATVG is sophisticated that way.
Enjoy the trailer:
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