Jun 29, 2016
BulkyPix probably has the most diverse set of games in its stable, and brings in newer ones frequently, so it’s usually a fun endeavor to see what the veteran developer has coming out. Frantic Shooter is relatively new, and, off the bat, looks just like the type of game its developer would have us love.
It’s a flashy one, but not in a gruesome way; the artwork is definitely zany, with a dash of the creatively eccentric. The color is vividly applied, and the animations sufficiently smooth such that the whole scene remains active and eye-pleasing. Sounds work well with the gameplay too.
The whole experience is taken in from a top-down perspective, portrait style. The playing area looks just like an arena, and the changing backgrounds help expand the experience.
As for the game itself, it’s easy enough to understand and take in. The player takes control of a character that invariably starts off towards the middle, and looks to fight off enemy shooters that have varying levels of craftiness and lethality. The key is to use the gesture/tap control system to slide around, avoiding enemy fire and objects, while guiding the perpetually shooting protagonist around the action area. This one is proud to be an arcade thriller, and has the elements to prove it, including goodies that can are discarded by destroyed enemies, which can be collected.
Of course, getting too much damage is not optimal, and can cause level-failing death. The game does have a continue system in place.
The game has a leveling element, and other attributes can be upgraded as well. Game cash can also be used to unlock other characters.
It’s a well-contained game, with plenty of play available. The art, sound and system come together in an enviable way, and it’s easy to get into, and can be hard to put down.