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Ms. Splosion Man Review

Ms. Splosion Man

Release Date: July 13th, 2011
Genre(s): Platformer
Publisher(s): Xbox Live Arcade
Developer(s): Twisted Pixel Games
Multiplayer: None
Co-op: 2-4 Players Online and Offline

Ms. Splosion Man Review

Posted by Peter Carpenter | 31 Jul 2011 |

Bigger, better and pinker?

Twisted Pixel return to the XBLA scene with Ms. Splosion Man, the sequel to 2009’s smash hit ‘Splosion Man. Can they really make the sequel better?. The answer is, yes they can, and did.

Single Player

Ms. Splosion Man still only has one gameplay mechanic; splode yourself. By pressing A, B, X or Y you cause her to explode, up to 3 times before you need to recharge still. To get through the levels you will have to splode off walls, over jumps, and solve puzzles along the way to get to the end of the level.

What they did to improve the game was give it a great graphic overhaul with a new Beard Engine (best Engine movie ever), created larger and more unique environments, added in new obstacles like zip lines, made the bosses bigger and badder than ever, and made the game as hard as you can possibly make a platform game. I mean this game is hard, really hard, and it is going to be a real challenge for many players. This is actually a negative too as it would be nice to have more difficulty settings for beginner players to start off on.

The story behind the game is SPOILER ALERT after Splosion Man is caught, the scientists at Big Science Labs partied a bit too hard causing champagne to spill into the machines, giving life to Ms. Splosion Man. The goal is to escape the scientists, splodin as many as you can along the way.

There are 50 levels in the single player to work through, and Twisted Pixel want you play over and over so there are Time Goals for each level for you to work to beat as well. You can also race against your ghost from previous levels or download ghosts from top players on the leaderboards. There are also challenges they will put up to download and play. Basically, you get a lot of game here, and that’s just the single player.


Ms. Splosion Man can be played cooperatively with up to 3 friends, either offline or online. The co-op mode has 50 completely separate levels to beat, and for those keeping score, that is 100 different levels.

When playing co-op you can combine your splodes off each other to gain access to even higher areas. Normally I would say most games are better played co-op but when the single player and co-op modes are different levels, it’s hard to say really. Playing with some friends online is a great time, but the single player is just as good here. Well done Twisted Pixel.

We talk about this all the time, why don’t more developers create a seperate co-op campaign instead of just tacking on what seems like forced multiplayer? I don’t know what Ms. Splosion Man would be like multiplayer, but playing it co-op seems more natural and I think Twisted Pixel made the right decision there.


The achievements are pretty standard with ones to beat the single player and co-op campaigns, find secrets and do random tasks in certain levels. The collectible system consists of shoes you must find throughout the levels, which are fairly hard to find and get to, so that one is going to take a few replays.

Closing Comments

Ms. Splosion man is a great game with funny characters, tough puzzles and some of the biggest environments seen in a platformer. With 100 different levels to complete in single player and co-op modes you get a lot of content. Which makes paying only 800pts, a steal.

Final Score: 9/10

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Ms. Splosion Man Teaser Trailer

Ms. Splosion Man Teaser Trailer

Posted by Peter Carpenter | 26 Jan 2011 |
Get your first look at the sequel.