Mar 24, 2011
Whenever I write about shmups (shoot ’em ups), I always have brought up the eastern/western split in shmup philosophy – eastern ones being practically impossible, and western ones being far more forgiving. I think I might have found something that is in a class by itself, and it is Abyss Attack. This vertically-scrolling shmup, which takes place underwater, has you trying to shoot your way through 8 levels of underwater enemies, collecting missiles and health pickups along the way. Each level has a boss that you have to figure out how to defeat, as they occasionally have sections that will only be vulnerable at certain times, or you’ll have to move around as they chase you to your current position.