Light, digestible (indie) game reviews.
My total time played would significantly jump if it had online multiplayer with a healthy online community.
*Based on updated Steam total play time.
Slice, Dice & Rice is an incredibly accessible fighter. Simple controls lead me to believe there isn't much depth to this highly stylized game. However, after a few dozen fights, I was discovering strategies by changing the way I played.
This game encourages patience and finding an opening to attack, as well as reactive parrying and cancelling your attacks into dashes or parries. This became clear once I realized I could dash cancel out of my heavy attack wind-up into a jump, dash forward, and vertical slice downwards for a clean, one-hit kill.
Some of my fights contained intense moments of dodges and parries. One after the other, clash, clang, parry, dodge, clash, parry... one slip up and it's game over. This is what makes Slice, Dice & Rice shine.
Unfortunately, unless you have local friends who enjoy fighting games, you will only be playing against AI opponents. Slice, Dice & Rice has no online multiplayer, and this in my opinion, is a huge missed opportunity.
There is a short, sometimes humorous story mode for each of the 8 fighters. Your time to beat the story may vary, this is due to the "Yokai" version of characters introduced in this mode. These "Yokai" can take many hits before dying and can lead to some very frustrating matches, especially when the game is about one-hit kills... I think maybe it meant just against you.
So here's the deal: The game is worth it if you have local friends or enjoy fighting challenging AI. However, I feel the majority will want an online component, and for those people, it may be worth picking up Slice, Dice & Rice on sale. With no real players to fight against, I just couldn't see myself playing after beating the story. The devs have mentioned they would like to incorporate online play and if that happens, I will gladly update my review.
Even still, Slice, Dice & Rice is a gorgeous, tight, fluid fighter with balanced characters, beautiful backdrops, and a bit of humour to boot.
Have a slice.
Wait For a sale