Loot Entertainment’s Fluster Cluck is a remnant of a rose tinted memory, when you would huddle round a small tv with close friends to mock, ridicule and hopefully annihilate your peers at the latest multiplayer fad. With gamers growing older and having less free time, and new gamers aware of the instant connection available from Online multiplayer, This playground rivalry mentality is sadly no more.
So, when Fluster Cluck dropped in my lap, restrictions and all, I immediately knew it would be difficult for me to get the most out of this title.
FC has very little in the way of story with which to draw you into its world. You take on your role as a power hungry peon of the all-encompassing company of Chikkin Koop.With their patented Chicken-iser machine which can transform any ingredient into tasty, juicy chicken, you must compete with your corporate rivals to gather as much materials as possible to earn the most kudos for the company to start climbing the corporate ladder, using those same rivals as stepping stones, and even ingredients themselves.
Gameplay is simple, if you have any experience of twin stick shooters whatsoever, and simply involves shooting opponents, picking up transmutable material with your saucer and dropping it into the chicken-iser while avoiding opponents fire, with a vast array of weapon pickups to use to facilitate your opponents failure. Of particular standout is the decoy which drops an explosive ingredient onto the playing field to sabotage your opponents.
While the single player “career” mode has some basic AI, it becomes relatively easy to outwit them after a few runs, and the game then becomes more about knowing your terrain to easily ambush the dumb computer opponents as they try to score points. To this end, the game quickly loses its fervour and I doubt many would have the impetus to play the single player for an extended period of time.
The multiplayer is where the game truly becomes enjoyable. Local split screen is a raucous affair if you have a couple of like minded gaming friends in your life, as you shoot, dodge, grab and transmute items and players to rack up that all important score. Regrettably, the lack of online multiplayer renders this game a “once in a blue moon” title which will most likely sit idly on your digital shelf gathering dust.
When I first heard the name Fluster Cluck, I smiled at the wordplay not so subtly applied by the devs. Little did I know that the gameplay was as thin as the pun. Sadly, this game is a Cluster F*ck in all but name.
MLG Rating: 4/10 Format: PlayStation 4 Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Fluster Cluck by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 1 week on a PlayStation 4. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.