NANO ASSAULT NEO-X
Imagine if the Pikmin turned feral.
That was our first
thought as we laid spacecraft upon a gobsmackingly wondrous,
hyper-res, verdant, cactus-like world and went totally Floranator
and Faunalizer on it. Then we remembered the blurb we’d read. Uh,
we’re supposed to be zapping microscopic viral gremmies.
mean this disgusting shit’s inside us all?! Yuk!
All the more
reason to shoot it, in a classic arcade-influenced spacey twin-stick
shmup with a twist. Actually, lots of twists, for each 3D cell
thingy you adhere to spins in whichever direction you happen to
drive hunting diseased fodder to eradciate and sweet, sweet
power-ups. It’s a bit like
Super Mario Galaxy’s
planetoid thingummies, but with lots more shooting. LOTS more
We have to interrupt ourselves here and talk more
about looks – as vacuous as that may sound. It’s rare that game
visuals make us pause to go “Wow!” nowadays. However, with its
stunningly rendered 1080p, 60 frames-per-second imagery the somewhat
awkwardly-titled Nano Assault Neo-X really does inspire
wows. Most importantly, all the pretty things have a grippingly
addictive arcade blast attached to ensure the beauty’s beyond skin
deep. Erm, even if the gremmies under the skin are as fugly as uck.
Anyway, where were we? Oh yeah. Collect bonus letters and at
level’s completion you’ll be hurled into a tunnel to collect, well,
bonus stuff. Then spend gathered credits pimping your cure-mobile
(trust us, max out on satellites) in readiness for the next ickiness
With four ‘clusters’, each with three stages and a
boss battle, NANX is hardly a bulging pustule of content,
but when factoring in difficulty, score-beating replay value, co-op
mode and arcade challenges for a relatively microscopic price, any
shmup fan would have to be sick in the head – or guts - to miss out
on this truly fantastic voyage...