I have a soft spot for all old-school 2d platform action games like this. So when this was on a special, I was really excited. Firstly, this is an indie title, so mentioning anything about graphics is really quite daft. So I will only mention the gameplay control elements.
And with that, the game is honestly very dull. The boss fights are tedious and frustrating. You dont get any sense of achievement during a boss fight as you dont notice if you have destroyed a part of it or not, and you dont really get to focus on the boss as the devs decided to add spawns of continious non-bosses in the boss fights. So yes, the boss fights are "incredible", but not in a good way.
The collision detection is also really awful, most of the time I dont know whether a bullet actually hit me or not, even though I could swear that it should have hit me. This is also true in shooting enemy planes, I shot down enemy planes where I could swear I shouldnt have been able to. Then there is also the fact that enemies just spawn randomly all over the place and that they just hammer and spam attacks in every direction that all you really do at the end of the day is focus on is trying to dodge while just jamming the attack button while you have your homing laser equipped. The entire combat system thus feels like dumb luck and an exercise of chance and pointlessness.
The controls are also unitiative and silly. There isnt a brief tutorial to familiarise you with the keys, so it forces you to look up the key config. Sure, it might be better on a controller, but to be honest, I am not going to bother with a controller if there is only partial controller support because I really cannot be bothered to fiddle with a keyboard+mouse AND a controller while playing a game. Though, this complaint generally stems from my complete disinterest in the title, and I guess if you really manage to get into it, this isnt really an Issue, but I couldnt, so it was an issue for me.
One of the large draws of these action games is a sense of excitement, achievement and skill, and this game does not provide any of it. There are too many games on the market, and while this would have been worth a go a few years ago, there really are just better alternatives, as it has been done better multitudes of times, and I can therefore not recommend this game.
Posted: November 26th, 2013