I am RariDash. I would like to apologize for anything that is miss-spelled or any grammar issues. Thank you.
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(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!)
How I Found Out About "Platypus"
Oh...this goes way back! Years and years ago. When I was very young, didn't know about things like Steam, or retail PC games, I was always playing Flash games online. One site that I would play on all the time, had a little game called "Platypus". This was one of those games you came across that you had to download a free trial that only lasted an hour or so. Of course, I did. I believe the free trial only contained the first level of the game.
I loved the game so much. Over about four or five years later, I went on a search to see if I could find the game's main website (Because Steam didn't have the game at the time). I found something similar to it, the game was around $2-$5. I didn't trust the site, so I did not purchase the game. Now, just last night, I noticed "Platypus" in my recommended on Steam, so I HAD to buy it. Boy, was it a blast to the past, and a nice thing to see Level 2-5, levels I have never seen before.
Unfair First Impressions
I tend to see a lot of hate for score attack
& shoot 'em up
games. I don't mind these kind of games as long as they are fun for me. "Platypus" takes both these genre'. I also see hate for side scrolling shooters
which "Platypus" is also.
Therefor, you may here people say bad things about these genre' or about "Platypus" itself. Some people will say that about the genre and not even try the game itself. This can rub off on other people, causing them to do the same thing. Then that can rub off, and keep going like a virus.
Review Of "Platypus"
"Platypus" is a side scrolling shoot 'em up/score attack
game. It uses a rare unique graphic style. It uses claymation
which means everything you see in-game is made of modeling clay to add a unique design.
There are five total levels with about four or five areas in each. In each of these levels you will find a wide variety of enemy types & power ups.
Though the game itself isn't really the 'best' as it is quite old, and it seems that the dev. is no longer supporting it, the game still runs smooth. There are no resolution options, nor is there any audio options other than "Turn Music On/Off". The Steam overlay also does not work while the game is running.
However, the challenge in the game is there. It will get harder as you go along. Anything can destroy your ship, enemy fire, coliding with enemies, etc. When the screen gets really full, you'll find it harder to survive. The challenge isn't to much, that I feel over whelmed. It's a really nice fit.
The game also includes a 2-player option. Player 1 (Yellow ship) plays default with the "mouse", but a second player (Red ship) can join in under the controls of a "joy" or "keys" (Arrows to move, control to shoot). Player 1 can also use the different control settings, but both players can not use the same control setup. What's also neat is if you don't have anyone to play the game with, you can spawn in Player 2 and use it yourself, along with your main ship. This is difficult to master, but will help out along the way. Still better to have someone to play with though.
Content (Enemies & Power Ups)
"Platypus" contains loads of enemy types, some generic, some unique. The game also includes a few different power ups
to defend yourself.
In "Platypus" you can come across enemy ships that fly in an "up and down" maneuver, fly straight from left to right, right to left, pull up or go down, etc. Not only that, as the levels go on, you'll notice a lot of the ships to start shooting at you. Now the weapons fired at you could consist of, a single shot in your direction, a fast shot that moves one direction, or other things like "rockets" that follow you.
To defend youself, you have a few different weapon types. I'll only name a few to avoid spoiling too much. You have your main cannons
which are default, and have a slow fire rate. Then you have things like the traditional cannon spread
and cannon fire rate increased
Along with weapon types, you also have sort of.....pick ups. That can be dropped from enemies, or crates. These consist of fruit, like grapes, and bananas, which give you score points when picked up. Inside things like crates, you can find items like x2 score
which will double your score income, and coins
which give off a lot of score.
Pro's & Con's (Overall Rating)
"Platypus" is a very fun side scrolling score attack shooter. That is easy to play, and very addictive. Despite it's problems, this game is a cheap purchase that anyone can enjoy for hours. Especially with a friend.
+Unique claymation graphic style.
+Fun & challenging five level experience.
+Catchy soundtrack that is full of nostalgia.
-No resolution option.
-No custom sound options.
-Steam overlay currently does not work (Though this does not degrade the final rating of the game).
Overall rating: About a 13/15 (Fun Experience For The Whole Family)
Credits & Disclaimer
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope this helped out with your decision on whether to make a purchase or not.
Remember, this review is based off of opinion only. You may not think the same way as me towards something, but that's okay, because we are all human.