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Preview: High Speed Competition in Disc Jam

What looks to be a revival of the retro title "Windjammers", Disc Jam brings back the high speed, competitive nature of old in this modern re-imagining!

Being honest, I've never played the original Windjammers, so when I was able to get a hands on experience with the Disc Jam pre-alpha, it was like I was playing something completely fresh that hadn't previously been done before. Now while it shares many similarities to the original, it definitely holds its own when it comes to modern day visuals and high speed play. It's addictive and competitive enough for me to not want to lose a single game.

The main point of the game is to score in your opponents goal by getting the disc past them and this can be done in a variety of ways. You can do a straight throw, bounce the disc from side to side or go for a lob. Depending on how great your timing is, it can also result in much stronger throws and powered up moves; something I made sure to take full advantage of.

Unlike the original, in order to keep up with modern day trends, it goes without saying there will be new features present in Disc Jam. Leaderboards, online play and ranked leagues are at the top of the list and character customisation is pretty prominent here, offering players the chance to give their characters a more unique look, although the latter feature was unfortunately unavailable in the pre-alpha I played. Honestly though, I wouldn't be surprised to eventually see this on the eSports circuit, due to its competitive nature and allowing not only 1v1, but also team play battles which will unquestionably make for some exciting games.

As mentioned already, the game is currently in its pre-alpha stage and so there are still several kinks to work out, made even more evident with the few I came across myself. However, if you're looking to get your jam on (they don't say that in the game, don't worry) you can sign up to grab a steam code of the pre-alpha build for free, directly from High Horse Entertainment's website here - http://www.highhorseentertainment.com/

Going forward, it'll be interesting to see how Disc Jam is received, both to new audiences and fans of old. With the many similarities present to Wind Jammers, fans of the original concept will feel nostalgic once more, while gamers of today will have something new and fresh to talk about. For the time I got to spend playing it, I've got to say I'm completely sold.

Disc Jam is currently in development for Windows PC and PlayStation 4. A release date is still to be determined, though you can keep tabs on Disc Jams development over on the official blog here - http://www.highhorseentertainment.com/blog/

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