Twisted Metal: Small Brawl

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Billy Calypso is a teenage bully and wants to have his own demolition derby. So, he invites the neighborhood kids to use their remote control cars and compete for the championship. The winner will get any wish they desire.


This is my least favorite Twisted Metal game, and I’ve pretty much played them all. I think it’s my least favorite because it makes it seem like a kids game, which Twisted Metal never was meant to be. The stories are dark and twisted, but this game isn’t. It’s remote control cars, everyone is a kid, and while there is some darkness with the stories (in a kid friendly way), it’s just not dark enough to be considered Twisted Metal.

This game was played using the PlayStation emulator, DuckStation. I increased the resolution, and PGXP and widescreen cheat code is on.

My Rating:

Story

Calypso is back at it again…except this time he’s a teenager. Billy Calypso is a bully and wants to have his own demolition derby like he saw on TV. So, he invites the neighborhood kids to use their remote control cars and compete for the championship. The winner will get any wish they desire.

  • Crimson Fury (Agent Stone)
    • A young gentleman who fancies himself to be a British secret agent. He wants to put an end to Calypso’s bullying ways. When he wins, he brings a squirt gun to see Calypso. He squirts Calypso’s cat, making it attack him.
  • Hammerhead
    • A teen rocker who wants to be a hardcore rock star. When he wins, Calypso makes his wish come true…by making him the star of a boy band called “The Silky Boys.”
  • Mr. Grimm
    • He’s obsessed with Halloween and wants Calypso to show him a portal to a mystical place where it’s Halloween every day. Calypso grants his wish and he enters a place of nightmares.
  • Slam
    • He wants to seek revenge on Calypso for destroying his tree house. When he wins, he drops dirt on Calypso, burying him in the ground, then puts an outhouse on top of him and uses it.
  • Outlaw (Officer Roberts)
    • TBA
  • Shadow (Mortimer)
    • TBA
  • Spectre
    • TBA
  • Sweet Tooth
    • TBA
  • Thumper (Vinnie & Bruce)
    • TBA
  • Twister
    • TBA
  • Warthog
    • TBA
  • Axel
    • TBA
  • Darkside (Jimmy Ash)
    • TBA
  • Mime NEW
    • TBA
  • Trapper NEW
    • TBA
  • Piecemeal NEW
    • TBA

Gameplay

The game plays mostly identical to the other Twisted Metal games. You drive your car…well RC car…through an arena, picking up power-ups and shooting them at your opponent, dealing damage to them. However, the controls feel much more floaty to me. Additionally, backing up can be a problem and you could make a complete u-turn when trying to backup a little.

When you kill all the enemies, you move onto the next stage. There are also two bosses, Trapper and Piecemeal. The latter you battle on the final stage in a weird way. You have four enemies and when you kill one, they despawn and Piecemeal appears, and when you get it’s health down by 1/4, then it disappears and the enemies reappear, and you must repeat the process until the boss is destroyed.

Weapons are standard ones you’ll find in other Twisted Metal games, such as fire, homing, freeze. But there are some new ones such as a roman candle, which will put out small explosive bouncing balls around the arena. There is also environmental weapons which cause an effect in the environment, such as shooting fireworks, having a lawnmower go after your opponents, etc. And there are also special weapon pickups that’ll give you more of your vehicle’s special weapon. Health pickups are green batteries and turbo pickups are red batteries. You can also perform battery attacks such as freeze, shield, rear fire, mine, and jump by pressing a combination of buttons, mostly on the D-pad. This is a problem as well since I accidentally keep pushing the buttons and causing things to happen.

Each vehicle has different stats and special weapons:

  • Crimson Fury (Agent Stone)
    • A fast car with low armor.
    • Special Weapon: Three flaming paper airplanes with homing accuracy.
  • Hammerhead
    • A beefy monster truck with great armor, but is rather slow.
    • Special Weapon: The truck crushes cars with spikes it grows on its tires.
  • Mr. Grimm
    • A motorcycle that’s fast, but can be destroyed easily.
    • Special Weapon: Two powerful, fiery jack-o’-lantern that shoot straight ahead with no homing ability.
  • Slam
    • A large construction vehicle that is slow but has high armor.
    • Special Weapon: Pickup enemies and slam them with the claw, dealing massive damage.
  • Outlaw (Officer Roberts)
    • TBA
  • Shadow (Mortimer)
    • TBA
  • Spectre
    • TBA
  • Sweet Tooth
    • TBA
  • Thumper (Vinnie & Bruce)
    • TBA
  • Twister
    • TBA
  • Warthog
    • TBA
  • Axel
    • TBA
  • Darkside (Jimmy Ash)
    • TBA
  • Mime
    • TBA
  • Trapper
    • TBA
  • Piecemeal
    • TBA

The bosses, Trapper and Piecemeal, are playable, but not in their boss forms. To play as them, here are the codes:

Play as Trapper (Boss):
80189BA4 0010

Play as Piecemeal (Boss):
80189BA4 0011

My favorite characters are TBA.

Graphics

Some of the colors are brighter and cheerier than other Twisted Metal games, and it’s clear that the vehicles are RC cars. The environments are all unique and is probably the best part of the game. Driving around in a kitchen, in a living room, and other places is actually really cool.

Sound / Music

The music is decent, with some remixes from prior Twisted Metal games. However, I’m not the biggest fan of it.

Game Info

Release Date: November 26, 2001
Platforms: PlayStation
Published: (updated: )
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About the Author

Asphodel Gaming
Asphodel Gaming
I am a streamer and game reviewer that enjoys older games (PS1, PS2, PSP, Genesis, Dreamcast, Game Boy, N64, GameCube, and more), and indie games.
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