The vast continent-spanning city of Collosatropolis has finally reached the limits of its expansion. Tall buildings cover every available space. The air is thick with smoke and poisonous chemicals.
User reviews: Positive (37 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 2, 2004
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About This Game

Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun arcade-style shoot-em-up!!

The vast continent-spanning city of Collosatropolis has finally reached the limits of its expansion. Tall buildings cover every available space. The air is thick with smoke and poisonous chemicals. Parking is a nightmare.

The Collosotropolan leaders have decided the simplest solution is to invade the neighbouring country of Mungola. They don't anticipate much of a struggle - Mungolans are simple, earthy types without much love for industry. In fact, Mungola's entire defence force consists of a single squadron of fighter planes - the venerable F-27 "Platypus".

What possible threat could a few antique aircraft be to the mighty Collosotropolan Battle Fleet...?

To the Mungolan people the venerable F-27 "Platypus" is their last best hope for freedom!

Features:

  • Unlimited Play
  • Two-Player Simultaneous Action
  • Stunning Claymation Graphics
  • Addictive, Exciting Game Play
  • Adjustable Difficulty Settings
  • Perfect for the Entire Family

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium® or AMD® 1.3 GHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB 3D Video Card
Helpful customer reviews
85 of 112 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I used to play the demo for this when I was a child, never thought I'd see it on Steam. It's a little harder than I remember, still good.

I'm really good at reviews...
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This game is my childhood it is challenging and has a amazing soundtrack it is alot more fun if you have friend playing it with you though
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I'd never thought i'd see this on steam. It's such a joy to see this again. Thank you 10/10
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Introduction
I am RariDash. I would like to apologize for anything that is miss-spelled or any grammar issues. Thank you.
If you'd like to skip straight to Pro's & Con's, please move to the bottom of the page. Thank you.

(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 upgrades.

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.

Pro's:
+Unique claymation graphic style.
+Fun & challenging five level experience.
+2-player available.
+Catchy soundtrack that is full of nostalgia.

Con's:
-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.
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
played the ♥♥♥♥ out of this as a kid.
10/10 for nostalgia.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This brings back the old miniclip.com memories D:

A simple arcade side scrolling shooter with a kewl claymation graphic style, this ♥♥♥♥ was my jam back in 2002.

Don't get me started on the music.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
A classic! A rare gem in the world of claymation video games, Platypus brings "FUN" back into "horizontal scrolling shooters". Okay, okay, I know "FUN" is not in those words but let me explain why it's a worthwhile game (weather on sale or full price, that's up to you). All you gamers who played it as child, already know what I’m talking about.

Platypus, the beautiful brainchild of Anthony Flack, is the name of the plane(s) defending its home state against a much larger, invading country, and is also the name of the game. The core of Platypus is perhaps the artwork, done mostly (if not entirely) in claymation. From the ship to background to the counter keeping score, you really have a sense that you're in a “Wallace and Gromit-esque” world. The detail placed on creating the world is breath taking and considering the original Platypus was released well over 15 years ago, it is safe to say the graphics have aged beautifully (well, not at all for that matter).

The gameplay is pretty standard for horizontal shooters. You can fly solo (default is mouse) or with friend (default is keyboard; note: co-op/multiplayer is local on one machine), with three levels of difficulty to select from (easy, normal, and hard). During my initial plays I found that the game, both from menu to menu (short loading periods, which does depend on your machine somewhat) and during the actual game was very smooth. Nothing felt choppy and things seemed to mesh together. Perhaps one of my favourite, but very subtle game mechanics is when you move your ship up, the world/camera also seem to move up, and vice versa for when you move the ship down. It give the game a strange, pleasurable feeling of movement and gives it a live-action feel.

The game does seem a bit simplistic, and linear in nature, compared to some games made today. It would be nice if there was more to the main menu. For instance you have to start a game, die or exit before you see the scoreboard; it would have been nice to access the scoreboard directly from the main menu. The music might be a bit dated by today’s standards, perhaps, but it does bring with it the nostalgia of the ‘80s/‘90s and synthesizers. Oh yeah, it still has the “credits: #” which is nice throwback to the days of yore gaming.

Overall Results
Overall this is a classic, kick-butt game. I have only played it on easy, and it does make for nice, passive, kill-time type game. Would recommend to have either for yourself if you’re feeling nostalgia/want something to pick up and play, or just for your inner chi–…I mean if you have kids and want to introduce them to the world of horizontal shooters. (At the very least, give the demo a try).
Score: 9.7/10
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I used to play this as a kid, I got to the last level and now I'm wondering how I did it! I love this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Platypus is another Shoot 'Em Up game, which doesn't do much different from all the other games from the same genre. What does set this game apart is the art style. The graphics look cartoonish which work really well and is easy on the eye. The gameplay ofcourse consists of shooting enemy aircrafts and dodging bullets (or enemy planes/debries).

Personally, these kind of games only enjoy me for a few minutes, mainly because i'm not good at them. Still, I would recommend this game if you're a fan of the genre.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Classic horizontal shoot-'em-up from the early 2000s, perfect for your PC monitor. The two player co-op is a definite plus, and the low intensity of bullets and colorful claymation make for a great shoot-'em-up game for the kids or a novice like me. Would pay $11 for this gem again if Steam wasn't around and RealArcade was.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
OHHHHHH THE MUSIC BRINGS BACK MEMORIES
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Awesome game, brings back memories of when this was on Miniclip. The music is epic. Fun and explosive shoot- em - up. Maybe if it was a little longer it would be better, or with a ending sequence as when you beat the game it just says 'The End' :/ Other than that, great!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Simple, fast claymation fun you can play with a mouse. This is one of those games that just gets it right, perfect feel, perfect difficulty ramping. Fun all the way through. Remember when games were... fun?
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
The music in this game is awesome.
Very old school feel.
A bit blocky movement but forgiveable for the music.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Harder than Touhou
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
NOSTALGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I've played this game when I was 7 or younger and I still love it! I am so happy to find it on Steam.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This game is just great 10/10.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Got it when it in 2004, most memorable game till now
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
One word: Awesome!
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