A great idea is enough to bring a game experience to life. Sometimes, when it all clicks, the end result is something that’s pure, concentrated, fun. Skorecery hits this nail on the head as a local competitive multiplayer experience. With an excellent selection of rulesets, modifiers, and modes, this game offers a stellar foundation for your next party night.
Of course, there’s more to say about a game than its core mechanic. Does Skorecery do enough to keep the magic alive, or does this spell fizzle out a little too early? Let’s find out.
A Spellbinding Experience
Skorecery makes a great first impression, but you’re going to need at least two people and two controllers to see it. The base game doesn’t offer any kind of single player beyond a practice and tutorial mode.
Without any online multiplayer to speak of, the only way Skorecery has a chance to shine is when you gather multiple people and DualShocks to make the magic come alive. There’s no denying that a single player with AI, a campaign of some sort, or even online multiplayer would have been incredibly welcome, but don’t write off this experience just yet.
Once you have at least two players, you can jump into the game’s various modes. The basic gameplay has you fighting over a single magical sphere that you can grab and throw across a small arena. With a press of the R2 trigger, you can grab the ball and assign your color to it, thus imbuing the sphere with your power.
Holding it too long (until a meter around your character drains) will stun you, so the game rewards quick reflexes and decision-making. Simply aim with the right stick and release to throw. Beyond this main mechanic, you can also shift gravity with the triangle button, which lets you fly onto the ceiling or the floor at a moment’s notice.
Pressing and holding the jump button also gives you a little extra distance, all of which combines to make your character incredibly agile during a match. A final touch of strategy comes from your chosen spell, of which there are several.
The basic one allows you to trigger a magical wall that blocks the sphere, which gives you the chance to deflect a shot. Other spells include locking the ball in place or opening a portal through which you can grab the ball from your opponent (though I had trouble with that particular spell).
Now comes the modes. The basic mode (and my personal favorite) has two stacks of totems on either side of the arena with your player’s color. Without any modifiers on, the goal of this mode is to grab the ball (turning it your color) and throwing it into your opponents totems, which shatters them. First to break the opponent’s totems wins.
In a 2-player match, this mode is fast, frantic, and undeniably amazing. Each time we finished a match, Christina and I mashed the rematch button without hesitation. Other modes offer some twists, such as one where you have a limited number of throws to hit as many totems as possible in various arrangements, or a mode where totems randomly appear and the first person to hit it scores a point.
I was a little disappointed to see that there are only two characters to choose from, even in a 4-player match, but the differing colors help keep things separated. I would have liked to see at least four unique characters, though, to keep larger matches from becoming too confusing.
There’s no getting around the fact the Skorecery is missing some features you would expect from a title like this, namely online multiplayer, but that doesn’t change that fact that the core experience is incredibly fun. With the amount of modifiers to choose from, such as friendly fire against your own totems, there’s a ton of replayability here for local matches.
The Foundation is There, but Features are Lacking
I love the core concept of Skorecery, I really can’t understate that. When you’re in the thick of a match, you’re not thinking about what features the game is missing. No, you’re mashing buttons, slamming triggers, and shouting at your opponent each time they score. It’s competitive euphoria at its finest, and that’s arguably the hardest part about making a game like this. At a price point of $9.99, it’s also reasonably priced for what you’re getting. I would love to see some additional features, either as paid DLC or updates, but as a core experience, Skorecery is magical.
Final Score: 7.5/10
A copy of Skorecery was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 4/26/19