Aug 31, 2015
When it comes down it, Metal Soldiers feels like a game one should be able to enjoy.
It comes in in 2D, with simple yet effective graphics, and smooth animations, with arcade-y sounds that ensconce the gameplay quite adequately.
The gameplay itself is a varied mix of elements which are all pulled under the canopy of a staged platformer. The first and overriding task it to travel as far as possible, and the control mechanism helps it along. There are buttons that control movement, firing and jumping.
So our hero moves from left to right; off the bat, one will run into the gaps, and the jump button is of great use here. It also helps one traverse some of the boxes, walls and such that make up the play area. Early on, the player also encounters enemy soldiers armed with guns. If one tarries in front of these moving soldiers, they will shoot our enemy off the platform.
Another obstacle that presents itself are drones which look to knock off the hero by contact. These are pretty smart in the way they come from the top and into range. One option to avoid the enemy troops and the drones is to jump over and out/run them, but this can get difficult considering some of the other elements.
Another option is to use the gun our runner is equipped with; one shot takes out the flyers and soldiers when they are close enough, and can even be used to blow up the random drum and such.
There are also collectible goodies. Gold coins appear, and can be acquired by touch, as can be time clocks, which dd time. Time, you ask? Ah… yes… one concept is to move as quickly as possible, because there is a countdown clock. Now, one can extend time by collecting aforementioned clocks, but when one adds in the other variables — other obstacles, collectibles, etc. — one has to pick and choose what to pursue. Assuming one is able to keep going past the obstacles (and yes, they do get worse), time running out ends the run.
Collected gold can be used to get boosts, extend runs and such. Altogether, it is a simple game that feels particularly well-rounded.