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Video Game Tape to Tape Review
Tape to Tape (2023) is a sports hockey game where you lead your team to victory in increasingly chaotic and over-the-top clashes. Bribe the referee and exploit powerful abilities to tilt the odds in your favour and continue your winning streak, then upgrade your team some more and start again. Like Bloodbowl or Speedball, it swaps realism for a more lighthearted and exuberant take on sports, while still requiring strategy in amongst the bombast.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Tape to Tape 6 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.

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Tape to Tape is a sports hockey game where you lead your team to victory in increasingly chaotic and over-the-top clashes. Bribe the referee and exploit powerful abilities to tilt the odds in your favour and continue your winning streak, then upgrade your team some more and start again. Like Bloodbowl or Speedball, it swaps realism for a more lighthearted and exuberant take on sports, while still requiring strategy in amongst the bombast.

You take charge of a team of ragtag hockey players at the bottom of the league and hone their skills so they can start winning matches. As you climb up the rankings, you can hire new players and shake up your team structure to create the most effective and successful team possible and emerge victorious in the championship. When you lose, which is inevitable, you spend money for upgrades, then start over again with increased potential.

Play involves controlling your team in super-short hockey matches. Along with a focus on the usual tactics, you can bribe the referee to gain an advantage or unlock special upgrades for your characters. Special items add another way to gain an edge, while also combining specific players in your team can also give you an unfair boost - like time going faster when you're in the lead, or an increase in shot accuracy or power.

The result is an over-the-top fusion of a sports game with the roguelike genre that offers a skill-based challenge where experimentation, ambition, and perseverance are essential. Gradually improving between each run to become the ultimate team is both fun and offers room for novel and unusual tactics to emerge.
 

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Battle and Sports game with Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Three other players can join your team on a run, working together and controlling different players on the same team.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 20 minutes and 2 hours to play a round of this game. Although the individual matches only last a few minutes, a single run consists of lots of matches, with the run ending when you lose one. To unlock everything would take many runs and tens of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Quick and accurate reflexes and reactions are essential throughout, and players must also be prepared to lose and have to start again at the of each run, sometimes with only marginally better characters and abilities.

CostsCosts

Tape to Tape usually costs £16.75.
 

Tape to Tape

Steam Store PC £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/05/2023

Out Now: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Battle, Sports (Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features Documented (Tweet Developer)

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Cartoon

Developer: Tape 2 Tape Game (@Tape2Tape_Game)


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