Posted on February 13, 2008, Chris XBLA Hors D'oeuvre: Discs of Tron
XBLA Hors D’oeurvres are a weekly feature where I play the latest Xbox Live Arcade game – in trial form – for no more than 15 minutes, and then summarize my impressions of the game based only upon that.
I’d never actually played or even heard of Discs of Tron prior to hearing it was coming to the Xbox Live Arcade; I’m simply too young to have played it when it was first released, and unlike many other classic titles like Pac-Man or Pong, it hasn’t been ported to every single platform ever. Having played the original Tron on Arcade, I had a vague idea of what sort of experience to expect. And I wasn’t too excited.
After two minutes, I had grasped the extraordinarily basic concept: you’re on a small platform (sometimes more than one) in a closed room, facing an opponent in the same position, and by throwing out up to three discs you have to take out your opponent. It was reminiscent of Gladiators, almost, except this was supposed to be futuristic and sports graphics that clearly are 25 years old.
It took a little getting used to, but the simple controls and concept make this a very simple pick up and play type of game. But the question is, would you actually plunk down $5 for a game that makes Pac-Man’s gameplay seem diverse?
The trial only allows you to play through the first two stages, which aren’t much of a testament as to how a new level could really alter the gameplay. With only two tries under my belt, I was surprised to find that it was taking around two minutes to complete what the trial offered. So, I did what anyone in this position would do – try to set the best time record possible.
51 seconds for the first two stages is what I got with minimal effort, which makes me wonder if anyone who is halfway decent at Discs of Tron is ever challenged outside of the game’s online multiplayer.
While it was fun at first, I really don’t think the game holds up well after you pass the initial stage of enjoyment. With the sort of variety you see in games today, it’s hard to justify purchasing Discs of Tron without being a truly hardcore fan of Tron.