Posted: November 24
"Do you recommend this game?"
I see the usual "yes" and "no" options, but unfortunately "absolutely" doesn't cut it.
To set the scene for this game, which I unapologetically call a modern masterpiece-- it was my first Humble Bundle, and enough all on its own to cement HH's legitimacy from a gamer perspective ever since. I remember wondering what it was about, this unknown game with a historical name. And then I installed it.
Jamestown harkens back to an era of shmup when the in-game enemies really wanted to murder you in mindless, cold blood. The first two things you'll notice upon opening the application are the beautiful and picturesque, pixelated graphics that range into the higher end of the SNES spectrum, and awesome music that make you feel like you're really in an epic adventure while you're playing the game. You'll soon also notice the plethora of difficulty settings--some of which that have to be unlocked in-game--the potential for four person multiplayer, the 8 total ships with vastly different ammunition capabilities (DLC required for every ship). There is also a shoppe (where you unlock the ships) which contains bonus challenge levels that can be unlocked with money earned by playing through the modes.
The next thing to mention is the very accessible gameplay which is easy to get a feel of, but at higher difficulties is damn difficult to master when the screen is full of bullets, some of which go through the Vaunt shield mechanic at Judgement and above. Couple this with continuously exceptional music, great level design with some quirky enemies and battle mechanics, achievements that are actually noteworthy, and a quirky and interesting story, Jamestown is an easy recommendation.
An easy 10/10.