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For childish minds, whatever their age, the Nerf products have been nothing short of true brilliance. The variety of foam-flinging firepower has turned bedrooms into battlegrounds and gardens into gladiatorial arenas. For those ignorant of Nerf, they are ridiculously colourful contraptions designed to propel a piece of firm rubber foam through the air. Ranging from tiny pistols to monstrous bazookas, they are accurate, powerful and as much fun as a ferret down the britches. And now they are on your computer.
Nerf Arena is essentially Quake Arena with sponge munitions. It is a multiplayer first-person shooter, pitching your combat skills against either computer-controlled or human opponents. The visuals are as absurdly garish as the Nerf weapons themselves, while adversaries and arsenal vary wildly in size, accuracy and speed. However it is the gameplay itself which makes Nerf Arena such a joy.
Where Quake revels in Deathmatch, Nerf Arena offers a couple of new game types that, though simple, are a complete riot to play. First up is Speedblast, a race to touch seven coloured flags spread around the level. This is fast, very fast, and though initially disappointing develops into quite a battle of wits. Next is Pointblast, the closest Nerf Arena has to a Deathmatch. Pointblast is point-based combat, with points awarded for shooting targets, sharp-shooting opponents in the chest or, when one is knocked out, collecting the bonus point marker. Last is the Ballblast, a wildly different version of basketball. There are six balls, of differing value, which must be shot through a target. Once one player has collected and scored with all six balls, a seventh appears and it is a race to find and slamdunk it. Ballblast is merciless and there is nothing better than blasting a rival and snaffling his balls. (Ooooer!)
Nerf Arena shows that a game need not be hip, cool and futuristic to be enjoyable. Colourful, unsubtle chaos is just as much fun. Nerf Clan Wars anyone? (lain Davidson)
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