Judging a book (rather, a game) by its cover can sometimes be a big mistake. I’m sure I’ve missed out on some quality games in my life because I walked passed it on the shelf and thought it looked lame, pedestrian, or not worth my money. Just looking at the case for this game, I would’ve initially passed up on it because it just doesn’t look that interesting. I flip the case over, and it doesn’t really sound that interesting. But luckily, I’m not paying to rent this game (because my esteemed leader Zac just let me borrow it).
I will start of saying that I was very impressed with the intensity this game sucks you in with. It’s a pretty simple game with a simple premise, but it becomes pretty addicting as you keep working your way through each level. Basically, all you do is control your little ship, and shoot a bunch of shapes. I know it sounds glamorous and everything on the surface, but it’s pretty damn fun.
The screen is always very colorful, and the colors are vibrant and clear. The game plays like an old style arcade shooter, and on Wii with the accompanying Nunchuk, you use both hands to control your avatar. Again, it might not sound like a world beater, but it’s addicting and unique as well.
It’s a subtly intense gaming experience, and old school gamers who played Asteroids on Atari or in arcades are probably going to end up with a huge, raging boner while playing this. It takes all the positives from retro shooters, a fun and simple approach, colorful neon-like visuals, and a unique style gameplay to create a highly addictive, satisfying and very challenging experience. It may seem shallow at first, but stick with it and you’ll eventually find yourself highly addicted.
All in all, if you own a Wii, I’d give this game a shot. While it might not be as character driven or all around engrossing as some other games, it’s fun, easy to lose yourself in, and most importantly, it doesn’t involve hours and hours of exhausting play just to unlock the next boss. You just go through each level, getting progressively harder, and that’s it.
- Fun gameplay
- Simple, yet surprisingly engrossing
- Arcade style!!
- Graphics are far from exceptional
- Could be too simple a premise for hardcore gamers
Score: 7.5/10 (Good)