The names of Carlo Pedersoli and Mario Girotti may not ring a bell but you have definitely heard of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. Two movie geniuses that have featured in the best films in history and that finally have a video game worthy of the adventures that we've enjoyed on the silver screen.
It's true that it's not the first game of this nature to be released: we have to mention Schiaffi&Faggioli, an excellent and unbeatable (at least, that's what we thought back then) game about kicking ass with our movie stars. But despite being wonderful, it has now been surpassed by this Bud Spencer & Terence Hill - Slaps And Beans.
The best video game of all time
This masterpiece has been developed by an Italian video game development studio called Trinity Team (you've probably caught the pun already) and it brings together every single aspect that we could possibly want in a game based on Bud and Terence.
It's a true beat'em up inspired by their movies. In other words, we'll have to kick ass defying the laws of gravity with that calmness and lack of haste that define these two guys that never killed anyone in any of their movies. We'll control both Bud Spencer and Terence Hill punching and slapping all over the place, whether beating up a few gangsters that don't want to return a mini care they've stolen or kicking the ass of Mezcal's henchmen that are harassing the peaceful valley inhabitants.
But we'll also be able to play different mini-game and drive our favorite buggy, as well as enjoying legendary movie scenes: beers and sausages, card games, quire rehearsals... And the best thing is that all the scenarios faithfully recreate the settings of movies of the likes of Watch Out, We're Mad! or They Call Me Trinity, also making use of the original soundtracks with all their great songs.
Here's your menu: a salad of beans and slaps.
It's a pity that Bud Spencer died before being able to witness such a magnificent game. He would have been able to enjoy all these features:
- Beat'em up arcade game similar to those of the 80s' with huge pixels. Forget about augmented reality and all that modern nonsense.
- No need to develop any kind of special AI system because we've got the unbeatable Bud & Terence fighting style.
- Possibility to play in collaborative mode: just choose who you want to kick ass with.
- A red and yellow mini car.
- Loads and slaps and beans.
Just buy it, you won't regret spending these 20 euros.
Financed through Kickstarter
There's quite a peculiar story behind the development of Slaps and Beans as it started to shape up by means of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. A total of 6,808 people put together 212,557€ for this project. From there on, the developers were able to finish of this 80s' style arcade game that's absolutely perfect.
However, we've had problems trying to rate it because here at Malavida the maximum score for the software we review is 10 but this game is so good that us simple mortals it's hard for us to downgrade such an excellence to a simple numeric rating.
By the way, it's not only available for Windows PC but also for Mac and Linux. Have we already mentioned that it's the best video game of all time?