Spare Parts might look like a friendly co-op experience, but don't be fooled. With camera issues, bad level design and repetitiveness, it's hard to enjoy any of your time here.
The game introduces two robots, Mar-T and Chip. Both are trapped on a junkyard planet by an evil alien named Krofax. Parts from a space ship are scattered throughout the land and together they must find them and rebuild it to escape. That's about it. It's not a spectacular storyline but it's enough for what the game holds.
Spare Parts was designed for a co-op experience with a drop in and out feature. It sounds so easy and inviting but after playing, this would have been better as single player only, due to camera issues. The fixed camera stops you or a friend from going opposite ways and it can be frustrating when one gets cut off the screen. This happened to me frequently due to the bad level design. At times I would get stuck on or behind objects and when a friend moved away I would automatically respawn. Playing the game solo is much more fun and easier as you don't have to worry about the troublesome camera.
Collecting parts for the ship are not the only thing to do. As you progress you can find action parts. These are new abilities for your robot, like x-ray vision to help find hidden objects or rocket boots. These action parts can be upgraded from the main menu to make your playable character more stronger. These are purchased with coins that you collect throughout the game. Hopping into a friends game allows you to share coins but it doesn't save your progress, nether does it allow you to upgrade your robot until in your own game.
When in co-op you can interactive with a friend. Some are useful and some are just for fun. Facing each other and pressing certain buttons will give off moves like the rock, paper, scissors game or a dance. The more useful interactions come when struggling on a level. If both players have power arms on you can punch each other which creates a force that wipes out all nearby enemies. You can also do a high five which gives you a health bonus.
Spare Parts does look visually nice but it doesn't save it from the tedious gameplay. There's alot of collectibles to find which will keep you busy but you will probably get bored long before you find them all.
Review by Gareth Smith