SITERSKAIN - PC
by Simon [Felix the Cat]
got to admit. I do enjoy a bit of a homecoded game now and again. Just
to see some refreshing ideas, looks, styles and gameplay available for
download on the Internet. We've had some decent ones so far, like Space
Bastards and Kamui, and Reflex is another decent homecoded
game to try out.
On first appearances, it seems to be inspired by the likes of Layer
Section. The game itself is a very scroller, the graphics are VERY
nice and so is the sound. The ship has two main weapons, a spreadshot
which, like most shmups, can be powered up. The main innovative feature
is the ability to reflect bullets.
No before everyone starts sending corrextional emails, I do know about
Gigawing and it's rather overbloated mirror shield weapon. In
Reflex, however, the shield has a function in that if you connect with
a red bullet, you merely absorb it, but if you connect with a blue shot
(or a laser) you redirect it back at the enemy (and the homing lasers
even home in on the enmies!). Its a pretty decent backup to have, but
don't use it all up! You have a limit on how much you can use the shield.
Use it too much, and you're vulnerable - not only because you can't
take an extra hit, but because shielding up drains your spread shot
power! Be careful!
The enemies are well designed, and the levels are varied. The boeese
are large monstrosities that take lots and lots of punishment, and can
dish it out ten-fold. The control method is spot on too. That's a lot
BUT (there had to be one didn't there) there isn't much longevity in
this one. Once you finish it, you probably won't want to return to it
much, since there isn't a hook to keep you pinned - like a score attack.
But from what is there, the game is definitely worth playing!
I've only just started the level,
and I'm filling my pants already. Bullets all over!
The first boss - Pisces, goes all
Axelay on you and enters from cloud cover. It then proceeds to get
medieval on your arse!
Your VERY typical mini-battleship
section. Dispose of them the same way, but watch for the little
gits that send homing lasers out!
Boss 2, Virgo, gets Dodonpachi today.
knock it down to half energy, and it turns around and goes G-Darius