Following excellence Star Hunter DX, Raging Blastersand Crimzon Clover – World EXplosion from Steam to eShop Switch is Banana Bytes’ Sophstar, a vertically oriented hellfire shootout with clearly depicted characters set on a simple rolling background. There are nine huge ships to choose from, all with different behaviors, pros and cons, meaning it can take a lot of time and effort to figure out which is right for you. Some have disappointing spread hits but have a killer secondary weapon, while others have access to teleport like playing Russian Roulette.
The basic features of each ship are also quite eccentric. You have a number of different speeds, moderated by two different firing modes, and ‘L’ and ‘ZL’ triggers, which help you slow down the crawl if you want. Teleport works on a quick recharge basis and can be used to get rid of clinches, but you need some time to prepare before it can be used and this time requires accuracy and knowledge. expert knowledge in the following stages. All that said and done, the effort involved in finding your comfort zone will be tempting or excessive, depending on your sensibilities.
The scoring system in Sophstar has been implemented with a good amount of care and knowledge, where manually destroyed point symbols can be scanned early to collect more. This requires a strategy known as ’empty points’, where you spend a lot of time in a risk-reward scenario in the top half of the screen.
The initial phase looked boring and there was no feeling of fatigue, but halfway through the second half, things started to boil. Depending on the craft base speed you’ve chosen, you may need to start pressing one of those slow buttons to effectively shoot through – and not accidentally hit – the incoming fire. your way. This, of course, depends on the player’s skill level and playing style, but the feature will work if you can exploit it sensibly.
There are plenty of bosses and mid-level bosses, and some are more interesting than others. While things don’t start to feel like bullets until about halfway through, stages six through eight present a legit test. For the point hunters, the game is profound; For survivors, you can accumulate continue and get many life-extending items.
Only in Sophstar, the cadet mode is awesome. This mode consists of a sequence of 60 mini-missions in which not shooting for a long time or gaining points for a period of time can achieve a higher rank. Each mission is well designed, very fun and doubles as teleportation and speed control training.
The music, sadly, isn’t quite there though. While not tense, people who are not serious are completely knocked down by people like Andro Dunos 2 and Raging Blasters. And, despite many of its initial ideas, it’s an experience that never feels completely glamorous. It can be confusing at first as to what to do with all the buttons, and in at least half the game you don’t really need to use them much, especially if you’re going all out for the score. Tunnel boss of stage six and stage seven Radiant SilvergunChicanes have styling that requires practical use of the brakes and teleportation features, but it would be nice to see such innovative implementations soon.
That said, it’s still a masterfully assembled title: smooth, clean, and enjoyable. What it lacks in gravity and bravado it makes up for in a well-balanced scoring mechanism and an interesting teleport spin. While the Cadet Mode is its brightest spark, the main campaign shoots the stars but just can’t reach them.