Prismatic Solid is a Japanese abstract shoot em up where your enemies are in the form of colorful geometric shapes. The action is fast-paced, the enemies are all over the place and every move you make better be exactly what is needed at every time or else you’ll end up in pieces.
There are five stages and a tutorial stage, as well as a boss at the end of every stage. You have an arsenal of six weapons to choose from, which will help you clear any enemies in your path. Your ship is equipped with neon tentacles that act as your shield protecting you from enemy fire, and the tentacles change their formation according to the weapons you use.
If you manage to complete the game without losing all three lives, then the game will restart from stage one with the enemies increasing in numbers and with tougher end stage bosses. The gameplay can get pretty hectic on your first playthrough, so replaying again would be twice as hectic not to mention that the blast of colors from all directions of the screen makes it absolutely fantastic to look at.
The controls can be mapped to your choosing but by default L1 and L2 are your firing guns and the triangle, square and circle buttons are your special weapons that can be used to sweep off enemies. These need time to recharge, or you can collect power-ups to recharge faster to be ready for another wave of enemies.
The trophy set is not an easy set because Prismatic Solid is very much a game of skill, and one of the trophies requires you complete the game without any continues and to score 2 million in the process! The good thing is that the full game can be completed in around 45-60 minutes depending on your skills.
The thing I liked the most about Prismatic Solid is that it is a very visually stunning game. The beautiful geometric shapes that explode in a wide range of colors with lots of reds, blues, yellows and golds that all blend together, making this an absolutely stunning game that is easy on the eye.
The game is very easy to pick up and play, and I definitely would have liked to take it out for a spin on Vita as well!. The bosses alone will provide quite a challenge, and you only have three lives, so completing the game in one sitting without losing all your lives will keep you busy for a while.
Is is it worth downloading? Well, if you like a decent shoot em up with no story and no hand holding, then yes, you should definitely get Prismatic Solid. But if you like a story and lots of content and more than a handful of stages then no. I would say trust your own judgement and watch a couple of short “Let’s play” to decide. Let me know what you think about the game in the comments!
Can choose your own control mapping.
|Very short game.|
This review is based on a copy of Prismatic Solid provided by Active Gaming Media Inc.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor