Should you “scalp” the Turtle & The Moonshine Gang?

 

Editor’s Note: Hello everyone! My name is Louie Zmich and I am the co-founder of LJ Nation on YouTube. This is my first gaming review, and I couldn’t be more excited! I want to thank you all for reading this review, and I hope you participate in the conversation down below and share it amongst your friends if you like what you see. I hope you enjoy, and see you on my next game review!

 

So, what is this game all about? Well, if you take the top down perspective of a action shooter, and combine it with the funny, artsy, and creative nature of Rayman Raving Rabbids, you get this quirky cooperative experience of Scalpers: Turtle & The Moonshine Gang. Sound good? Awesome, let’s keep moving.

 

 

If you read no further

 

Scalpers: Turtle & the Moonshine Gang is a fast paced, action packed, skill-based multiplayer shooter where you can play together with your friends, solo or join other Scalpers online in this intense explosive and bullet filled co-op shooter. As you advance, you will be able to take down giant bosses and their swarming hordes of vicious animal minions. Choose from a range of weapons, abilities and characters that fits your play style and compliment the team, if you choose to be in one. This game does take some mastering, and is considered to be a hardcore co-op shooter. Although, there are different difficulties with progression based loot system, meaning the harder game modes reward you a lot more. Ultimately, you are to fight for your team’s survival and success. Choose from a range of weapons, abilities and characters that makes each play through unique, fit your play style and compliment the team.

 

Overall, if you were to read no further, I would say it is worth the purchase on its own, but if you like Castle Crashers and games where co-op is heavily encouraged, and you have a group of four willing to play, then it goes from a decent shooter, to a must have.

 

 

Initial Thoughts

 

When firing up the game, I initially felt welcomed into the experience of Scalpers. The game greets you with a vary straight forward, and simple menu layout. The game tells you what you need to know and then allows you to play. I think there is something to be said about a game simply “feeling right” when it comes the interface. The game mechanics felt easy to use, movement being with the typical QASD pattern, and shooting with the left mouse click, while aiming with the mouse movement itself.

 

 

Gameplay

 

The gameplay takes the perspective of a top down shooter like Dead Nation on the PlayStation 4, with the design style of a western cartoon. The combination feels very natural and I never found myself wondering how to play or becoming board with the game as a whole. The premise of the game is finding the “wanted” criminal posted at the beginning. Almost like Mega Man, when you can see the final boss before you start the level.

 

Before you begin, you have a choice of three different characters; Sweeth the Turtle, Haddock the mole and Supergreen the skunk, all with a wild west type twist. These characters all come with their own skill set and you can outfit three different categories, based on your play style. You have a primary weapon, which can be changed every time you die. You can choose between a revolver, machine gun, shotgun, or a machete. These all have their own strengths, dealing with power, rate of fire and range of attack. You also can pick your secondary, which is in the form of an action. These include a lasso, curving long-shot bullet, health moonshine aid, or a forward strike. These abilities are accessed via the right mouse click and really come in handy when you are in a tight spot.

 

 

Once you get into the game, you are thrown in without a tutorial. The game has a mechanic like the original Metroid where you learn by your mistakes in the game. The only three things you really have to worry about are reloading your weapon, managing your health, and killing enemy rats, hawks, pigs and more. These animals are looking to stop you, and it’s your job to power through them in anyway you can. You can even use the environment to your advantage by blowing up red TNT bombs and blocking passageways where those pesky rats funnel through. The game has no penalty for dying, but has little sympathy for their players, as the game is quite tough.

 

 

Aesthetics

 

The graphics and music in this game resemble the baron badlands of the Wild West, and it made me want to play Red Dead Redemption all over again, (Not to mention my anticipation for the next one). Regardless of those feelings, the overall aesthetics amplified my enjoyment with Scalpers and made me want to keep playing. Everything is easily accessible, while not getting in the way of what you need to see on screen.

 

 

 

 

Story

 

There really isn’t much here in terms of story. I never ran into any dialoged or references that would lead one to believe you were doing anything else than defeating the bad guy. But honestly, that is completely find with this game. I found myself wanting to go back and play when I had some free time, and dying continuously didn’t really affect the way I viewed the game. Instead, the lack of story allowed me to stay less invested in the time I had put in on each level. I had the ambition of playing a Mario Bros. game, where you wanted to see how much further you could go, now that you have learned from the mistakes of your previous death.

 

 

Overall

 

Would I pay $20 for it? Probably not. Not because I don’t think it’s a good game, but because I don’t think I could convince my friends to play at that price point. Now, if this game ends up being $10, maybe $15, then I think I could get a few buddies together, now and again, to play. My reserves about the game revolve around the lack of depth with the characters and gameplay. I didn’t really find myself craving to go back and see what else lied behind the corner, after I played for a couple days. On the contrary, I found myself wishing that there were less enemies, or that I needed someone to play with me in order to have a pleasurable experience.

 

Overall, I give this game a 7/10. It’s fun and interesting, but I do not foresee myself playing this on my own. I see myself playing it with friends or when I have 20 minutes of free time while I wait for my girlfriend to get ready before going out. However, at the right price, this should be a game to add to your library. Scalpers: Turtle & The Moonshine Gang is perfect for someone wanting something quick to play, while having a fun experience with no attachments if one had to leave the game for any reason.

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

  • Louie

 

To find out more about Scalpers, please visit the steam store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/577280/

 

To keep in touch with Louie, please visit his social media accounts:

 

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

 

MINIMUM:

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Processor: x64 Dual Core CPU, 2+GHz

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti / ATI Radeon HD 7870

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 2 GB available space

Sound Card: Any

Additional Notes: Internet Connection, screen resolution 16:9

 

RECOMMENDED:

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Processor: x64 Quad Core CPU, 3+GHz

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 / ATI Radeon HD 7970

DirectX: Version 11

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Storage: 2 GB available space

Sound Card: Any

Additional Notes: Internet Connection, screen resolution 16:9