Friday, 15 May 2015

My Bullet Hell

It turns out I'm about as good at bullet-hell shooters as I thought I was...rubbish. Actually, I did really enjoy Jamestown. It's a good introduction to the genre with the main levels being more like traditional shmups before the true screen-filling bullety goodness of the bosses. The game has a system where to unlock later levels you need to complete the earlier ones at higher difficulties. My first reaction to this was pure annoyance at having content locked away and having to go back and redo levels, but it actually works out pretty well. The levels are all pretty short, so doing them again doesn't take too long, and it does give you the practice that you need to progress further in the game. So how far did I get? Well, I beat the final level and reached the final boss. I beat the first form of the final boss, but the second form did for me. I played it again a few times, but I haven't been able to even get back to the second form again, let alone beat it. I really have reached the limit of my twitch gameplay skills. Still, I was pretty happy that I managed to make it that far. I think I probably could beat it if I played nothing but Jamestown for the next few weeks, but that wouldn't be much fun, and it would really hurt my thumbs. You can also play the game multiplayer, which I think would be great. Have to give that a go one day. Oh, and the story and graphics are great - it's an alternate universe where we conquered Mars in the 17th century, so England and Spain are still at war with each other over the colonies. It makes no difference at all to the game itself, obviously, but it gives it a unique and really nice feel. Good stuff!

Next up on the randometer is...Scrolls! This could be a bit of a weird one. Scrolls is the card game that Mojang (creators of Minecraft) made. I played it a little bit before, but wasn't *that* impressed with it. It's all very well presented, it just felt really slow. Obviously there's no 'end' as such to a card game, but I'll give it a bit of a play over the weekend and see how I get on. Oh, and Marathon. I really must get through Marathon. There's stuff I want to say about it, but I'll save it for a proper write up.

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