Shot One is a versus game that is a hybrid of pong and air hockey where you control a unit to protect your goal in small arena-based levels.
With a puck randomly going to either side of the field, you can toss, lob, and use a special to control where the puck goes. Each side has three scoring sections, with the middle portion of the field being worth more points than the top and bottom third. Since your character is more than likely to defend the middle, it only makes sense to make that zone worth more points. Speaking of which, your defensive moves include a dash to help you reach either size of your scoring zones faster. One of the features that make this game special is the abilities each of the characters has. Although we didn’t get a chance to see them all, I played with a character who summoned another character on the field that would block and send back the puck if it landed on it. Other characters’ specials differ in both offensive and defensive moves, so chose wisely as your opponent might have something else in store for you!
Overall the art style of the game reminded us all of Megaman, big and bulky, yet cute and cartoony, we loved it. The character selection screen had Street Fighter vibes, and the maps are all unique enough to add to some fun matches. Some of the maps even feature effects that interact with the puck for an added level of strategy.
A campaign mode for the game with individual stories for the characters would be amazing as each of their powers was unique and getting to learn more about them would be awesome. When speaking with the development team, we couldn’t get much over a release date, or what consoles it would release for but we can at least confirm it will be out on PC for Steam.
Developer/Publisher: Red Moon Workshop LLC