I love these claymation games. Nux is fantastically quirky, and Platypus does not disappoint. Although there is only one method of play in this one (side-scrolling shooter,) it's varied enough that it does not lose its appeal as you play. The bonus items for weapon upgrades are nicely varied, the game tracks your score percentages per section, and some of the bigger ships that you destroy will drop bonus points... in the form of FRUIT that you need to collect before they fall off of the screen. lol~
You start off with four lives, and two credits. When you lose your four lives, you can continue by using one of your credits, which gives you four lives again... Of course your score resets when you continue, but the game will save the highest score you gain for the leaderboard.
It also looks like a second person can join in and play with you, as there was something on the screen that said to press a button to join.
Platypus doesn't seem to be controller-compatible, but using the mouse to play gives you plenty of maneuverability. There's no click-click-click, either; just hold down the left mouse button to shoot continuously.
There are weather balloons that float across the background giving you hints such as, "Shoot the stars to change weapons," and "Special bonus for passive resistance!" Hah! Try not shooting anything and live through it, I dare you! If you die even once, it ruins your "passive resistance" because you'll usually take something out with you, and you'll get NO bonus. ;D
Platypus is yet another delightful arcade game by Idigicon, and I've happily added Platypus II to my wishlist.