The Game Tutor grades Gal Metal

I first played Gal Metal when it was a free to download demo on the Japanese eshop and even then, I knew this was a potentially fun title to keep my eye on. Over the last 25 years of gaming I have always preferred the more eccentric music titles to the mainstream ones. It is no lie that Um Jammer Lammy (yes, I prefer it to Parrapa) is one of my favorite games on the original PlayStation.

So here we are in 2018 and entering left of stage is “Game Metal” developed by DMM and published by Marvelous as studio that has become excellent recently at publishing games that otherwise might not have made it out of Japan.

The basic premise of the game (now bear with me) is that you are a boy transported into a girl’s body and your new-found girl minshare helps you socialise and conduct long and very arduous social media chats that the game could do without. All while this is going on a group of octopus like aliens have decided to invade Earth for revenge on hearing Metal Music and as such you must defend the Earth and become a Metal Drumming god…

The main meat of the game however is the drum battles, and this is where your control method massively effects how you play the game. The standard way is to detach both joy cons, hold one in each hand and use motion controls very reminiscent of playing something like Wii Music. It works well and while they are generally responsive I did sometimes feel beats would skip or the Joycon would detect a drum hit out of time. Was it a fault or was I terrible at the game… who knows? Sometimes having the joy-cons slightly not at the correct angle definitely caused a problem.

If you do not fancy reliving the Wii glory days, then there is touchscreen controls for playing in portable mode as well as regular button controls. Touch screen controls work well and quite frankly is my favourite way of playing. Button controls equally work as expected but the mapping of the different buttons to the different drums is a little weird and takes some getting used to.

What is most irritating is the inability to change your control method without reverting to the main title screen and heading into options.

Between missions you send time in the town, working, practising and hanging out with friends. This way of gaining stats can be seen in games such as Persona although it is a little bare-bones.

The song list of 18 is good and has some catchy guitar tunes are included although your position in the band as the drummer is often the least memorable bit of the tracks.

Gal metal is a fun game which your probably already know if you are going to like or not. I would have liked a little bit more onscreen prompting during game play but with continued practice it does work well. The non-musical parts are a bit of a slog but once you get into the groove of the track and get up to beat it is a very satisfying experience.

A copy of the game was provided by Marvellous for review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.