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Battle Ram Review

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Battle Ram has got an interesting arena-based setup, but it is just not taken far enough. With a lack of scoring, modes, or even variety, this feels more like a proof of concept than a full-fledged game.

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When it comes to taking on the evil robot menace, what better tool do you have at your disposal than an irate ram? Wloop777 and khukhrovr have put this theory to the test with their new arena brawler Battle Ram. Does this four legged fellow get the job done, or are you better off seeking heavier firepower?

Battle Ram Review

In Battle Ram, you take control of – what else – a battle ram. A fluffy little critter that can quickly move around with the mouse, one can instantly butt into something with a click of the mouse. Be warned though – this ram is a glass cannon, and it’s game over after one hit.

Does this make things a little unfair? Absolutely. Along the way, players will have to contend with waves of different robots, projectiles, missiles, and beams of light that cross the circular arena. One step outside this zone means certain doom for the player, so all those interested in surviving best work within the confines of the circular space.

It’s just a shame that this title can be downright cheap at times, due to the lack of real estate. The objective for most waves is largely the same – wipe out all threats or avoid them to progress to the next area. However, there are times where multiple robots come at you all at once – even the mere act of avoidance can be a troublesome ask. Friendly fire is an option for those that want to pit their competition against one another, but it is often a losing battle. To add insult to injury, most robots take multiple hits to take down, and they explode when they’re on their last legs – another way the player can die.

There is a lifeline though – though death kicks players back to the title screen with little applause, they’ll be able to jump right back into the same level they bit the dust. Each stage can successfully be completed in just a few minutes, so this is certainly a nice bonus.

It’s just a shame that there’s not much to Battle Ram. Robots repeat themselves multiple times, there’s no score counter or multipliers (and no leaderboards by extension), and no variety. What you see is what you get in this title, and there is not a lot to see here.

The most that’ll keep players going are a handful of achievements, most of which can be earned by completing each level. Everybody should be able to get most of these without going above and beyond, so they feel like filler more than anything else.

Battle Ram has got an interesting arena-based setup, but it is just not taken far enough. With a lack of scoring, modes, or even variety, this feels more like a proof of concept than a full-fledged game.

This review of Battle Ram was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
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