Super Volley Blast has an actual story mode included in the package. It can be played in single player or co-op with a second player. The main aim is to become the greatest volleyball player around the world. But this wont come easy; you’ll have to face 7 famous celebrity teams and take them all down to achieve this. Through the story you will play in front of Mt. Fuji, a New York Skyscraper and the majestic pyramids of Cairo.
This is where Super Volley Blast shines brightly! Controls are easy to learn but hard to master on the court. The Left stick is used for movement and also for aiming where you’re going to shoot the ball. The Y button launches the ball in the direction you’re aiming. After you’ve hit the ball, similar to Mario Tennis Aces where a star would appear on the floor, showing you where the ball’s going to land. Super Volley Blast has a red circle appearing on the floor showing you where the ball will land, and where you need to get to, as positioning is everything in volleyball. The B button is for receptions/passing to you and your partner character, which you totally need to do as rallying the ball between you and your partner is great to set up spikes. The X button is for jumping, but by pressing the Y button in the air near the ball, you can volley it over the net with increased power. If the ball glows white when you jump near it, you can do a Super Smash. However, if the ball turns red which is a lot harder to do, as the window for hitting it is smaller, you can do a Power Shot which sets the ball on fire and blasts it to opposite side of the net hitting the ground and scoring additional points for your team.
The points system works like this: 11 to 21 being maximum and the maximum sets you can have are 1 to best of 5. You can also change wining conditions as well as the AI, from Very Easy to Ultra Hard if you so wish .Your AI partner isn’t to bad on court as long as you share the ball between both of you. Points can be scored, however through the story mode some matches can be pretty intense as the AI becomes better with each match .Tournament mode can have up to 8 teams with up to 16 players. Obviously you’ll take turns to play. One issue is there’s no way to add people to the game, instead you will have to leave the game, go to control set up and add 2, 4 players before entering the game again. Which is a little annoying. However, developers are aware of this issue, but at the moment no fix is in the works. I feel this a bit of oversight on their part .One other issue is a glitch where after creating the character, sometimes there’s names that get mixed around and the only way to fix it is closing the game and reopening it. Not a huge deal mind, but I will take this up with them on Twitter.
Right back to important stuff. The rules of volleyball are: the teams must try to score points by hitting the ball over the net hitting the ground on the opposite side. You are only able to hit the ball 3 times in a row while it’s on your side of the net. Any more than that and you will receive a – 4 strike and the opposite team will get a point. Also if the ball goes outside the court it’s OUT and you or your team mates need to throw back into the court to play again. Of course there are some expert moves that can be achieved with practice such as Power Smashes and sliding which are really useful.
What’s on offer here is great! You can get a quick match in, if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare or with friend in on the game. You could set up a Tournament with friends; all 16 of them if you wish. Try the story mode and unlock weird and wonderful individuals, or get creative and make a bizarre or famous character in the avatar editor. Or maybe check out the tutorial mode if you’re struggling. Or try your hand at completing one of the 25 challenges. It’s up to you. There’s also unlockable characters that will look very familiar such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Chun Lee from Street Fighter, just to name a few. There’s even a Nintendo game developer which was a fantastic edition to see. It totally made me chuckle but I’m not going to spoil the rest. All I’ll say is: they can be unlocked in story mode after defeating them .Avatar edition is boss, you can tweak the body; limbs length and skin colour. Head shape; size, hair, eyes, eyebrows, ears, nose, mouth, beard, moustache and pick which colour for the clothes you wear. Just like the Mii Maker you make some great recreations of famous or no so famous individuals. I’ve made a few as well including Logan from X-Men, Iron Man, Super Mario and Naruto just to name a few .It’s great and so easy to use, really adds that personal touch. There are 7 locations to play in, such as Cairo, New York, Rio… Each of the courts are quite lovely to look at, and showing there’s trademark landmarks in the background. Also little touches like rain and crowds cheering, add to the overall gameplay.
There are lots of great little tunes in Super Volley Blast, and they fit the game perfectly. Also little touches like cheering crowds or ball bouncing back and forth are all really well done.
Visuals & Performance
It’s top notch, everything runs smoothly and feels really nice. Graphics look great! Courts are nicely detailed and characters, even though, they have clearly been made in the avatar editor with two exceptions being the Hulk and Spider-Man, as their colour palettes for their skins are not available yet still look charming. The game also uses the screenshot function and video capture so you can record your victories!
This is a no brainer for me, it’s fun in single player and even more fun in multiplayer! With 7 courts, new characters to unlock within the story mode, tournament, quick play as well as 25 challengers all for £8.99 it’s totally a bargain in my opinion, and I’m happy I picked it up. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Mario Tennis, this is it! Whilst it’s definitely not tennis, it’s just as fun in solo or multiplayer. The additional avatar editor will only increase your enjoyment as you add more unique personalities into the mix, I saw a post by Unfinished Pixel stating that they may be adding more crazy things down the road, so fingers crossed we will be getting new stuff!
Awesome Avatar Editor
A few glitches
Difficult to setup multiplayer
Some slight performance issues