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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
96.8 hrs on record
One of the best mouse and keyboard shooters out there.
Posted November 23, 2016.
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43 of 45 people (96%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
This must be an example of gaming reviews to get it to be "Mostly Postive": there's nowt positive about it, it looks like a child's first messing around with making a game.

Poor graphics, lack of saving, lack of gameplay, annoying repeating sound loop, lack of options, buggy. Avoid.
Posted May 25, 2016.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Do my fellow reviewers actually have ears, or have they just evolved a rudimentary hearing that can only hear endlessly tedious and repetitive noise? The so called "music" that the other reviewers dribble on about is so annoying I had to remove my headphones within seconds of starting the game. Expect the same not repeated for 5 minutes without any real pattern.

In terms of the rest of the game: it is not only offensive to the ears, but painful on the eyes and it's not even fun to play. Avoid.
Posted March 29, 2016.
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5 of 21 people (24%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
The developers appear to have published a minigame and forgot to actually include the game itself.

Would be ok after a total rewrite to actually put a game in there.
Posted March 29, 2016.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
BitD, when us youth (at the time) would rush out and buy the latest Fighting Fantasy games as soon as they were released. Then play them for days, mapping every single route (as you had to). This was reknowned for being one of the worse ones: it has a linear plot that feels like it goes on for ages, but you have to follow a prescribed path or you will lose. Also the art was one of the worst of the series.

Combine that with some stupidly hard creatures (at least if you try and follow the rules) and you have not the best subject matter to start with.

In terms of the conversion: I felt let down. There was no map like in Forest of Doom, nor was there a rework of the interface like in Appointment with FEAR. Fortunately they redrew the awful art!

If you want to relive the games from your youth then buy it, but don't expect any replayability from it or anything special.
Posted January 31, 2016.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
HSL is a roguelike, which has had all the complexity (and fun taken out of it). It's almost as if the author has read the wikipedia entry on a roguelike and then decided to write one without ever trying trying to play one.

There are no tactics (other than move backwards and fire), no specific skills to learn required. You are at the mercy of the random number generator - a random number generator that seems very tempermental.

If you like roguelikes, save your money and play a decent one instead.
Posted January 25, 2016.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
It's a bullet hell game where you can't actually see the bullets. This makes it a game of random dodging to try and game enough scrap to buy enough weapons to take out the enemies before they shoot.

Either reduce the complexity of the background, make the enemy shots not the same colour as aforementioned background or make the various ships not all the same shade of grey.
Posted December 31, 2015.
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6 of 18 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
I don't get the postive reviews at all. This game is an exercise in torture: it's a simple mouse and keyboard shooter, but the majority of your enemies are little black dots that you can't actually see until they're half a pixel away from your character. This means that when you try and fight and dodge the real enemies you end up randomly dying. Combine that with your view radius getting smaller if you get hit means that it actually gets harder if you make a mistake.

Maybe I'm weird, but I don't want to play a game just to die from (virtually) invisible enemies every time it starts getting interesting.

Plus the soundtrack is terrible. Avoid, just avoid.
Posted December 2, 2015.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
It's hard to recommend a game that goes out of its way to give you headaches with visual effects that actually interfere with the gameplay.

Basically you build up a ship from boxes and weapons which do sod all damage to the enemies so there is little point in actually building anything. Then you replay the same obnoxious level, just with tougher enemies that you can't really hurt, hoping for the one fast fire power up (there are lots of other power ups but they don't appear to actually do anything) and hoping you don't get a random colour flash that blocks you from seeing all content in the game. All this time a crappy dubstep soundtrack is playing that you can't even alter.

Waste of time even installing it.
Posted June 11, 2015.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
To start with the most negative and work our way up. The major problem with this game is that the control system is not fit for purpose. You are given an overly sensitive non-inverted mouse control with no option to change it. For those of us who grew up with flight sims this is fundamentally broken and makes it unplayable. This is basic, basic stuff that should be in every game with a first person perspective.

The game itself is basically about an hour or two of okay play followed by 6 hours of tedious grind to get the last two achievements, showing bad pacing from the developer.

The graphics and animation feel last millennium and the sound is annoying at best. In short, I've played better free flash games with more options.

Needs some serious work from the developer, like understanding the basic requirements that game players have.
Posted May 29, 2015.
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