You ever get the feeling sometimes
that those Pokemon people might know what they're doing? I mean
is it possible that a game starring fruity "hyper-cute" characters
could be fun? Well, yeah! Much like most of Treasures' games this
shooter is nowhere near as kiddie as you think.
GRAPHICS: The first thing you'll notice is the abundance
of color. Purples, reds, blues, greens, all in their best and brightest.
The animation isn't as good as some games, but is more than adequate.
All of the sprites are large and _very_ well drawn. The enemies
range from little ghosts (think Pac-Man type) to giant skeleton
pirates to horse-dragon-things (that's the only description I could
come up with, and it works). I wouldn't put the graphics among the
best 2D ever Metal Slug, but they are way above average.
Sound:The version I played didn't have any sound :P. I would
just guess, but I would be wrong.
Gameplay: Here's where you start disbelieving. This is one
of the best playing shooters I've ever seen. No, there aren't any
spaceships or aliens or biplanes to blow up. This may turn off some
people, but the gameplay overshadows any lack of those retread baddies.
You have your normal shot which is powered up by collecting gems.
When you collect a certain amount, you gain a weapon level. Not
too innovative there, it's like many other shooters. The cool part
is your broom. See, the stars of this game are witches on brooms.
Very Cotton-like. What's neat is the ability to throw your broom
in eight directions while firing. The broom can take out some enemy
fire, which helps a lot since this game is tough, and does damage
both going and coming. I'm pretty sure similar play mechanics have
been used before, but I don't know if they're as well done. This
game is MEAN. In places you'll find yourself saying "That is soooooooo
cheap!" but you won't mind because the game is soooooo good.
Overall: When I first saw this game, I thought "Awww...,
a cute little shooter for the kiddies!". I was sadly mistaken. I
haven't had this much fun (yes, fun) with a shooter in a while.
If you see this game (or have MAME) check it out, it's well worth