Vroom Kaboom – Review (PC)
Vroom Kaboom totes itself as “Tower Rush with Vehicles”. While they aren’t wrong, the game isn’t a smooth road.
The premise of the game is you have a deck of cards with different vehicles depending on your faction and there are two bases one on each side of a stretch of road. The idea is simple, you play cards which drops the vehicle on the map. Once the vehicle is on the map you can control it by changing the path and grabbing oil and fuel powerups to be able to play more cards, or you can just let it go on its own and hope it makes it to the other base to do some damage. Some of these vehicles can do more than just drive, some with guns mounted, you can shoot and try to do damage to the enemies cars as you fly by. There are more than your starting cards available, the more you play you can unlock more for your faction.
Vroom Kaboom looks great, some parts Mad Max with some parts Twisted Metal. The soundtrack is also equally as great. The physics of the vehicles aren’t bad either. So where is the problem then? It does sound great, right?
The problems I have with Vroom Kaboom are unfortunate. Though the game is fun and has a great idea. When you’re trying to control your vehicle by changing lanes or shooting oncoming vehicles, you’re unable to drop any other vehicles. This can be an issue if you’re controlling a slower vehicle and may take a bit to get to the end. If you decide to just drop your cards and hope for the best…the best doesn’t happen. You are though able to jump to any car in play but everything is just overwhelming. Maybe if there was a queue of cards you can set so if you happen to be in one and laying down some fire, other vehicles will still spawn behind you.
The game is VR capable, I bet that would look slick with all of the explosions and cars racing around but the gameplay wouldn’t change.
Unfortunately, I am unable to recommend this game to everyone. Though I had issues with it, this game may hit a niche of gamers that fall in love with it. Trying to do everything at once was overwhelming and it sucked the fun out of the game.
Note: GameOctane editor Jason Germino received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Fast paced and plenty of explosions
+ Vehicles, graphics, and soundtrack is good
+ The drive for more cards help push you to play more
- Trying to manage the cards and driving are overwhelming
- Had some slowdowns on a more non-gaming system