Shoot 1UP Review
Shoot 1UP box art
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.

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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.

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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.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
Hand-drawn artwork that will be instantly familiar to Weapon of Choice fans.
4.8
Control
No complaints here.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
It doesn't stand out much, but it splits the difference between stereotypical shmup tunes and Mommy's Best craziness.
4.4
Play Value
Bearing in mind that the game only costs $1, there's a lot of content here.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Unleash an entire armada of ships - over 30 at the same time.
  • Arrange ships to charge the devastating plasma auger!
  • Two-player co-op play for over 60 simultaneous player-ship insanity.
  • Six bizarre levels.
  • Manic shooting for normal gamers.


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