Played the demo version of Jets’N'Guns Gold developed by Rake in Grass after seeing Jets’N'Guns being sold at $4.20 at Jurong Point’s Popular bookstore (it should be available at all Popular bookstores though).
The demo was pretty fun so I went ahead and bought the game. Below are my impressions of this game after playing it for a couple of days. (BTW Popular sells the original version and not the Gold version which adds even more levels, weapons and enemies)
Jets’N'Guns is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up in which you pilot your single jet fighter against hordes of enemy pirates. Everything that moves or gets in your way can usually be blown into smithereens, complete with crazy explosions and snazzy smoke and particle effects.
This game supports both keyboard and game controllers and the controls feel smooth and responsive which is essential for games of this genre. I definitely recommend using a gamepad over the keyboard though.
The combat phase is standard fare with each level taking less than 5 minutes. Several different environments keep the game from getting too repetitive. The explosion and particle efftects really made my eyes water after playing several levels at one go so it’s a good thing that the levels are not too long.
You’ll spend most of your time in the thoughtfully-designed upgrading phase after completing each level. Using credits accrued from destroying enemies or collecting gold bars, you can upgrade your fighter’s systems and load a multitude of weapons onto it. The weapons range from fast-firing machineguns to lasers and some really bizarre energy weapons. Mines, tracking miniguns and homing missiles and other indirect fire weapons allow you to maneuver, attack heavily armed enemies and evade incoming fire all at the same time.
Each weapon can also be upgraded up to four levels (some have only two levels) to cause even more mayhem. To encourage you to try out the different weapons, the game allows you to sell weapons back to the arms supplier at its purchase price. Furthermore, to ensure that you arrive in the combat zone with the proper weapons, there is a Test button that teleports you to a stage with dummy targets to test your jet’s configuration (especially the cooling systems) and weapon loadout.
Collect cargo from destroyed transports and open them by playing a Mastermind-like mini-game after purchasing the Atarix upgrade
You can actually see some of the upgrades on your jet which is a nice touch (not that you’ll notice in the heat of the battle) Heck, you can even paint your fighter in several paint schemes like this ironic Intergalactic Peace-Loving Flower Power Fighter™ scheme below.
The only thing I dislike about this game is that it’s fixed at 640×480 resolution but isn’t a big deal when the action is so fast and furious. The downloadable demo and the Gold version available online is set at 800×600.
Download the demo or head down to your nearest Popular bookstore – that is, if you’re in SG The patch at the official site is not required for the Cylon/SG version (version 1.034)
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