Oct 13, 2016
Every now and then, it’s okay — no, its necessary — to dabble in something that takes you back. You know, a retro-ish game. Say, like Metal Shooter.
This one is fairly intuitive. Our Rambo-ish champion looks to be guided from left to right, but to do so, he has to overcome a bunch of enemy commandos in various manifestations. Our guy is primarily armed with a gun, and is capable of a melee attacks.
The playing area defines the gameplay. It works in landscape orientation, in 2D, and as such, really evokes an old school feel. The graphics are rich, the terrain distinctly military, and the sounds help complete the arcade presentation.
The playing area is also platformed, such that the player might need to move a level or two to navigate or move on.
The control system involves a multi-faceted joystick nestled on the one side, and a set of attack/weapon buttons on the other. The joystick allows one to control the height of the weapon bursts, as well as the direction of the movement of the controlled character.
The gameplay isn’t hard to comprehend. As mentioned earlier, one has to navigate enemies and platforms, and these enemies can shoot back. There are “regular” obstacles too, and one has to avoid being killed while taking them out and moving on. There are bosses, and the terrain and enemies get crafter the further one gets into the game.
All in all, it comes together well. I like the continuous action, and it has a comfortable feel. The joystick was a bit of a letdown i think, as i feel a few more actions could have been derived from it.
Still, Metal Shooter does a good job of bringing together several gameplay elements; as a platformer, it does well, and the added pieces — like the battling — make it that more interesting.