If you have not taken a look at the Xbox Live Indie Games, you are missing out. Some very unique experiences can be had there, and many of these games have found their way onto other platforms. In my last 30 Reviews in 30 Days, I reviewed a few different XBLIGs, and many other good ones have come out since then. Today, I am looking at one of my favorites: Soot 1Up by Mommy’s Best Games.
Not Your Standard SHMUP
Shoot 1Up is a SHMUP, or Shoot ’em Up. The gameplay for SHMUPS is generally pretty standard: shoot the enemies, avoid their fire and collect power ups. As you come to the end of each area, you normally come across a boss which must be taken down. You can often earn more ships, but in the end, many SHMUPS just feel the same.
Mommy’s Nest Games decided to turn the whole SHMUP idea on it’s head with Shoot 1Up. As in most variations of this game style, you can earn extra ships as you play. Unlike other games in the genre, however, each additional ship you earn enters the battlefield immediately. That’s right; you control multiple ships at a time, and you can spread them out to cover more of the screen and destroy more enemies or pull them in tight to fire one powerful blast. As a ship gets hit, you lose it, and if you lode all your ships, it’s game over.
So is this starting to sound a little insane? Well, it can be, but Mommy’s Best Games does a great job of balancing this out. Controlling multiple ships is a lot easier than you think it would be, and as you can earn ships back quickly, losing one is not the end of the world. Add to that the fact the direction you scroll changes throughout the game, sometimes even in the middle of levels, and you have a unique SHMUP that will keep you entertained.
Well Worth the Money
Shoot 1Up is only 600 points ($1) on XBLIG or Windows Phone, and it is well worth the money. Yes, the game itself is rather short, clocking in at around 10 minutes to beat all the bosses, but it is one you will go back and play again. There are also challenges to meet, and if the game is getting too easy, you can bump up the difficulty and speed the game up to 200% to give you more of that “bullet hell” feel.
Realistically, there is only one thing I can say against the game. I am not sure why Mommy’s Best Games went for the overly sexual cover for it. That comes from one level of the game that really does not seem to fit the rest . Still, that is a minor criticism for what is truly a great game. For delivering a unique SHMUP experience for a minimal price, Shoot 1Up get a 9 out of 10.