Feb 24, 2011
All My Enemies is a vertically scrolling shoot ’em up (henceforth referred to as a shmup) that’s a rarity – an Android exclusive, and with a unique story. Unlike other similar shmups where you play the supposed good guy who wantonly destroys everything that gets in his way, here you actually play as the villain. You work for the Emperor, who is apparently sick of not getting paid tribute from those who rules over, so he dispatches you, a single warrior, to go make some suckers pay up. So it’s your goal to use limitless amounts of ammo to shoot your enemies, and pick up the gold they drop. Otherwise, it’s all shooting enemies, asteroids, and picking up powerups, trying to survive as long as you can.
The game thankfully knows that there’s a difference between Western and Eastern shmups – the former being actually beatable, the latter being only beatable by those with superhuman reflexes. So, for those crazies, there’s an “Old School” mode that restarts you at the beginning of a level every time you die, and a “Modern Times” mode that respawns you right where you died. That’s not to say that the game isn’t easy; there’s 12 levels to try and conquer, and you can only continue from every odd-numbered level, so you have to play smartly. The game also comes with a bevy of technical features – it claims to support all resolutions, even tablet resolutions, which is believable as the graphics are properly formatted for the Galaxy S; many games distort things like GUI elements, and this one does not. As well, there’s Scoreloop support for online high scores.
The game’s controls are solid, but they’re the kind where your ship will go to the point you touch, so if you accidentally touch a certain point on your screen, your ship will fly to there, and the double tap to activate bombs is something that’s not immediately apparent or even pointed out anywhere. The graphics are high-resolution, but they seem they’ve just been pasted on top of the backgrounds. Also, I know that there are some things that have to be done in the name of challenge, but forcing us to only continue from odd-numbered levels just seems mean, and adds to the difficulty artificially.
All My Enemies is a fun little shmup with plenty of options, even if the visual look is a little wonky at times. With Android-exclusive games at a premium, this is a solid pickup, even if it will frustrate you with its challenge. If you like shmups, check this one out.