So, picture this. You're lounging on the beach, wearing your special lounging overalls, thinking about how great it is that nobody has rammed an enormous ship into your island recently... when some jerk rams his enormous ship into the island! As if that weren't bad enough, the hull cracks open and before you know it, you're elbow-deep in smiling pineapples, green-legs-and-ham, and screaming... blue... mole... things! Clearly, this will not do, and the king demands that you saddle up to defend the land! It's a game of reflexes and good old fashioned arcade action in Super Sloth Bomber!
Oh, did we not mention you're a sloth? We thought that would have been obvious.
Control your trusty balloon with the [arrow] or [WASD] keys and drop bombs with the [spacebar]. If an enemy is close enough, you'll blow them to that great big dancing ham graveyard in the sky. Some enemies require more than one bomb to destroy, while others appear on a timer or move in a unique pattern. You can keep track of them with the onscreen radar. Not only will you have to be quick to catch them all, you'll have to keep an eye on your time and the number of bombs you have left. Run out of either and you'll be one sad little sloth, and all the eucalyptus in the world won't be enough to lift your spirits.
The game consists of five big areas, each stuffed with eight stages and one boss fight. You can access each area as they become available from the main map, which is also where you can pay a visit to the upgrade store, or even the king himself, who will give you advice, or let you hone your bomb-slingin' skills on the training grounds. What's that? Oh, so a bulls-eye with legs is weird, but you have no problem with blowing up boulders to bowl over tip-toeing weasels in sailor outfits on top of a volcano.
Analysis: If you don't find something to like about Super Sloth Bomber's ultra bright and happy design, well, I don't know what to tell you. While the cartoonish visuals might not be everyone's cup of tea, here they are absolutely spot on. From the big puffy clouds (do they look like manatees to anyone else?) to the happy-go-lucky sloths themselves, it's basically sunshine in your browser. The wacky art style is easily one of the game's bigger selling points, and helps elevate the simple premise.
Because the gameplay is so simple, Super Sloth Bomber is pretty accessible. But is it too simple? It might be for some gamers. The stages don't really start demanding much from you in the area of planning until fairly late in the game. And why not allow us to go back and replay earlier stages if we want to? Maybe we really like fighting enormous terrapins, or blowing up hamburgers on mountains. Or maybe we just want to grind for some coins to purchase a new upgrade or bomb type. Sure that means some of us will sit on the same levels for hours until we have every single powerful upgrade in the shop and potentially make the game that much easier, but shouldn't that be our choice?
Still, it's hard to dislike a game about sloths, especially one as bouncy-fun and well made as this one. It probably won't take you long to complete, but you can spend a lot of time ignoring the oddball baddies and bombing the equally ridiculous terrain, too. So don't delay, young sloth. Tighten up your overalls and saddle up your balloon. Your island needs you!