Tag Archive: shooter

Zangeki Warp


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The warp mechanic in Zangeki Warp revolutionizes horizontal shmups to a degree on par with what Ikaruga‘s color shifting did for vertical bullet hells. On the surface this game looks much like other horizontal shmups and the R-Type influences in particular ring loud and clear, yet the ability to warp your ship around changes everything. The warp isn’t just there to save you from close calls, the entire game is build around it.

Aside from warping away to dodge bullets, you’ll constantly be asked to use it to circumvent solid obstacles and to obliterate enemies via the warp trail which your ship’s gun can’t reach. By the end of the game I felt like I was relying on this technique more than my bullets in combat and the final stages become very demanding indeed, even on Normal! Beyond the main feature itself, Zangeki Warp earns plenty of praise with significantly varied difficulty settings, a rather nice upgrade system, and exceptional enemy designs which gradually shift from standard robots and ships to creepy body horror-style monsters which would even make Abadox proud.
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Mercury Station


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Mercury Station or, more specifically, Lo-Res Spaceman at Mercury Station, is a rather old Game Maker game which itself harks back to even older FPS games. While freeware 3D indie games may be rather common now, they were exceptionally rare back when Mercury Station was released (excluding Doom mods and the like), making this something of a technical marvel. Though it has its share of flaws, perhaps most notably its lack of a map, Mercury Station nevertheless has plenty of entertainment to offer with an open approach to progression, interesting weapons, and varied regions.

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Atomic 79

First Impression: Atomic 79


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This First Impression article is based upon about the first hour of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

With a name referencing the atomic number for gold, you might think that Atomic 79 is about mining, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but it’s more about shooting a whole lot of voxel skeletons. Aside from the initial hub, the entire game takes place inside a single, dark room where you must survive against the relentless hordes of spooky skeletons for as long as possible while collecting as much gold as you can. Even though Devil Daggers immediately comes to mind, Atomic 79 is far more upbeat, infinitely more charming, and feels pretty different overall beyond belonging to the same odd ‘arena survival FPS’ subgenre.
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In Extremis


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In Extremis is a shmup in which you play through various genres of art and music in a rather literal sense. If that sounds weird, well, In Extremis is a very strange game. While this is an entirely competent shmup filled with secrets, unlockables, and multiple paths, its true strength lies in being a visual marvel and an auditory delight where each stage is radically different from any other.
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First Impression: Blue Rider


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First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

The first three levels of Blue Rider show potential while not being overly remarkable. You’ll be disappointed if you’re hoping to see much from Blue Rider which hasn’t been done before, but this is nevertheless a decent top-down shooter which fans of the genre might want to keep their eyes on.
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