Posted: December 3, 2013
Dr. Mario, Missile Command, Kaboom for the Atari 2600.
The music. Cipher Prime has always had great music in all their other games (Auditorium, Pulse, and Splice come to mind) but this is, to my knowledge, the first dubstep-centric game which they have done, and the tracks are fantastic. Plus, everyone knows that dubstep is the sound Transformers make when they are making little Transformers.
Sound effects are likewise well done and fit well with the music, so much so that listening to the soundtrack alone feels like something is missing.
The gameplay is simplistic and easy to comprehend, yet rewarding. You use your mouse to shoot pills, which fall from the ceiling in two colors. Your spacebar (or second mouse button) switches the color of your laser, and the game records your ongoing combo.
There are plenty of unlocks (new tracks and pill color combinations) and powerups to keep the game fresh through multiple playthroughs.
Includes both local and global scoreboards, as well as Achievements. One of those achievements is called “Double Rainbow.” Don’t throw your money at the screen so hard, you might break it.
Has the classic “Winners Don’t Do Drugs” splash screen which took me back to my days in the arcade playing Street Fighter II.
If you’re not a fan of dubstep/techno, you will probably not enjoy this game.
Being a throwback to the days of arcade games where the only objective was a higher score, there is little replay value for those who prefer storylines or need some sort of ending.
The game can be a little unforgiving at first, with only two or three mistakes resulting in a Game Over.
Can you play it while the children are awake?:
Sure, though it won’t make any sense to them. No real violence to speak of. You may
want to keep your child away if they are epileptic, though the game has no specific
warning about this.
While I’m picking nits…
Make sure you have a good headset or earbuds to play this game with. I found it
enjoyable both on my Turtle Beach headset and my Beats earbuds. Also, I personally
think Cipher Prime is an underrated studio which deserves support so they can continue
making games. They just successfully kickstarted Auditorium Duet, so I am not the only
one who feels this way. Cipher Prime makes fantastic casual indie games and amazing
music. Their games are money well spent no matter which one you buy.
Did I make time to complete it?:
I’m not sure there is any “completing it.” Remember, arcade style. I have put a couple
of hours into it and certainly came away satisfied. Also, the soundtrack made it to my
iPod for working out.
Recommended Purchase Price:
$8.99 (which is the current sale price on Steam through Nov 12,). If you miss the sale,
another dollar to enjoy this game isn’t going to kill you.
90% of current retail value of $9.99