So for fellow PS4 and PS Plus owners, this month has a couple of fine games for you to download for free. Tearaway Unfolded has is a great puzzle game for all ages, but the game I was more interested in this month was the new release Disc Jam. It is seemingly inspired by the Neo Geo title Windjammers but brought into the internet age. Two or four players face off in a dodgeball-like court throwing a disc back and forth. If you get the disc past the opposing player or team, you win the point.
The scoring goes as followed: 10 points for an ace (scoring on a serve with now return), then a minimum of 6 points per rally with each throw in the rally adding a point to the total won (for example if players go on a 7 throw rally the winner of the point gets 13 points), and once a player or team gets to 50 points they win the set. First to win 2 sets is the winner.
The game is pretty fast paced and I actually had to play a game or two before I caught up to the pace of the games. Once you get the hang of it, however, it becomes a game of strategy as players get the option to throw the disc straight, with curve, lob it to a spot on the opposing side in hopes that it falls down for a point, or ricochet it off of the walls of the court. There is also a super throw mechanic to the game and players can select the pattern of their super throw, but there is not a section of the tutorial for super throws so I have yet to figure out how to use it in game (I have played maybe 10 games thus far).
All in all the game is really fun, but you can tell this is still a work in progress. Not to say it is not a good game, it’s just a game that is still very much a working title. There is no stat tracking at the moment and there is only the option to play games online or on local splitscreen.
If I were to give this game a grade right now, I would give it a 6.5/10, but a very hopeful 6.5. Once the game gets competitive modes and leaderboards, this game could potentially see Rocket League-type success as a fun, entertaining, and competitive indie game. This is because after playing this game, one can tell that Disc Jam could be a legitimate esport in the months to come.