|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Mommy's Best Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Mommy's Best Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 25, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: N/A (Violence+Sexual Content)||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As far as graphics go, fans of Weapon of Choice will feel instantly at home here. It has the same type of hand-drawn art style, with crazy explosions and smooth animations. Each of the six worlds features a different color scheme, with a good variety of enemies hurling firepower your way and spawning yet more enemies.
The bosses are huge and well-designed, with interesting attack patterns. We particularly enjoyed the two carousels with cannons attached. The sound doesn't stand out quite as much as Weapon of Choice's heavy-metal riffs did, but the catchy tracks do a good job of splitting the difference between the genre's typical sounds and the crazy vibe Mommy's Best likes to give off.
One last note. At the beginning of this review, we said that this was "almost" a no-brainer. It's "almost" because some folks will find one of the levels pretty offensive. Naked women (though with no body parts exposed) pass by in the background, and the level's boss is a giant lady whose spiky breasts attack you.
The developers are not bashful about this boss. She's featured on the cover. Presumably, this is all intended to be a little tongue in cheek (it's not misogynistic; it's a statement about misogyny!), but that's not as obvious as it is in, say, a Grand Theft Auto or Duke Nukem game. We're not prudes, but we could understand parents and female gamers' wanting to pass.
Again, save for that level, this is an obvious buy. In fact, this would be a good buy at five or so times the cost. For a dollar, Xbox 360 owners get a shoot-'em-up that's actually beatable, presented in Mommy's Best's unique art style. The countless gamers who've always felt left out of the hype over games like R-Type and Ikaruga have been waiting for this for a long time.
CCC Freelance Writer