Friday, February 3, 2012

Game of the Day - Grobda

If you haven't seen it before, Grobda may be the fastest first game you will ever play.  It is down & dirty blasting fun.  If you have 5 minutes, you can play a lot.

Another entry into the Hall of Fame of crappy names, Grobda is a shooter that is just the nuts and bolts.  You start on a rectangular battlefield with some obstacles that you can't shoot or drive thru.  There are enemy tanks at different places throughout the playfield and they come after you IMMEDIATELY.  You can shoot at all angles to kill them.  If they hit you, you are dead.  And there is no mercy.  They come right after you.

There are two buttons to go along with the joystick, shoot and shield.  And you have to watch out for enemy fire from every direction as well as the event horizon from the tanks you have destroyed.  When you blow one up, there is a little cloud of smoke that emanates from the site for a couple of seconds... if you drive into it before it dissipates, you die.

Grobda has weak graphics and simple play, but you can't beat it for immediate "throw me in the deep end" action.  The levels are short and sweet and so is the game (although it has 99 levels).  When you replay a level that you got killed on, you will learn how to use all the obstacles in the terrain to your advantage.  So there is more here than just turn and twitch.

Grobda deserved a better name.

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