I showed Funky Smugglers to Parkin and Donlan on the train back from our victory at the Games Media Awards, and made lots of happy noises. They looked at each other for a while, and then Parkin said: “That looks like a real ‘Will’ game”.
By this I inferred that everyone agreed that it was awesome, just like me, but probably not something award-winning writers could, or should, label as a pivotal moment in gaming.
Well, I just removed an Uzi from an X-Ray granny’s blue-rinse while jiving to seventies funk and it felt GOOD. So stick that one up your posh jumper ‘Parko’.
Flight after flight arrive at a funky airport, and it’s down to security wiles of your finger to remove the chainsaws, grenades and plungers that their passengers (say, some harmless jockeys off to Johannesburg) are attempting to smuggle through. Miss a sharp item and you lose a life, rip away a fluffy toy instead of a hammer and another life’ll drop – but forgiveness will occasionally arrives in the additional health, slowed time and magnetic fingers.
As the grannies and hoodlums speed up getting combos and fulfilling challenges will get ever trickier, but the funk can’t stop – and it won’t stop. Sometimes you’ll even have to deal with bombs that’ve been lobbed onto the scene. Bombs!
Funky Smugglers is amazing, and don’t let any gaming aesthete holding an award at 2AM in the morning on a train that’s stalled just outside Gatwick Airport tell you otherwise. Press play on the trailer below, and get down and strut your funky stuff…