Log Jammers Review
Release Date: February 2019
Developer: MegaCat Studios
Platforms: NES, Switch, Steam (Reviewed)
Log Jammers from MegaCat is best described as Windjammers meets Pong or air hockey. While originally touted as a NES Kickstarter from MegaCat Studios, this release has found its way to Steam and players can grab a demo before it comes out in 2019. Hands down, if gamers are looking for something fun to play during a party or a monthly game night, Log Jammers should be added to the list.
The game has a few different modes: tournament, online, and quicky. Each feature two options for play: original or cheerleader. Original is just the two players battling it out on the board with powerups. Cheerleaders has a line of cheering ladies acting as a barrier before the goal, which makes scoring a little more complicated.
The objective of Log Jammers is simple, players need to throw an axe to the other side and get it into the goal. It depends where you land the shot, that determines how many points players receive per score, either 2 or 5. Intense volleys can happen back and forth as players try to out duel their opponents.
Powerups such as ice, fire, magnets and several others drift across the center line throwing creativity into matches. These are easy to grab at the center line. Watch for the star and make sure to grab it for a special unique power up throw. Players can block or grab the axe and throw it straight or put some “english” on it and give it a good spin. First to 10 points wins, and it's usually the best of three matches. Games are fast paced and get can very intense.
Players will be playing in arenas over pools, the beach, lava, mayo, all of it graphically falls between a 16 bit and a 32 bit game. There are 8 characters to choose from: Zombear, Zombie Jack, and Sparerib were my favorites. All of them have different levels of speed, swole, and tech, I preferred speed more than anything.
Playing the game is easy, gamers can use either the keyboard and or a controller. The pumping soundtrack and great retro graphics make this a fun game to play. Gamers can also still back the Kickstarter as of the week October 6th, although its ending soon. If gamers pledge $10 they get a digital copy of game and the soundtrack, $20 gets players 4 copies and a $60 pledge lets gamers get the NES version on cartridge.
I did not get a chance to play online but I did notice the options to integrate to mixer and twitch will make this a lot of fun to stream. Hands down I recommend this game, so do yourself a favor and go check out the demo, and some play through videos. Also be sure to back this game on KickStarter to get the game on Switch and some fine tuning on PC!
Retro themed twist on sports
Easy to play, tough to master
Keyboard controls could be better
Needs more powerups!
Big thanks to Mega Cat studios for letting us review this fun game.