[PlayStation 4] Boiling Bolt Review
Boiling Bolt is a very strange shoot ‘em up that will certainly feel like a bit of an “acquired taste” to some of you. Find out why in our Boiling Bolt review!
You play as pilot June on a mission to save her home city that is being threatened by an organization who wants to drain its energy. Once I booted up the game I was taken through the tutorial which teaches you the basics, and then an anime style cutscene broke out and explained the general gist of the story. The game is not an ordinary shooter since you’re restricted to a small portion of the screen which wraps around 3D environments, so you can only move around within the white outline. You’ll, therefore, not have as much freedom as in other shoot ‘em ups and will need to focus on the action in each section.
You move the ship with the left thumb stick and aim and shoot with the right stick, and you can also dash around. Enemies appear from the left and right side of the screen in hordes, and you’ll need to pay close attention to them since you can easily be overwhelmed with their many bullets. Luckily you have four secondary weapons to use: two have 360 degrees aiming, one is a shield, and another one is blackhole-style thing. You also have a dodge skill you can use when you’re in trouble.
The game has five stages with a boss fight at the end, making it a very short release, but it’s definitely aimed at hardcore shoot ‘em up fans, since the game will test your skills from start to finish non-stop. Oh, and you only have two lives. Newcomers to the genre will certainly have a hard time with this release, but they can learn from some good old-fashioned trial and error.
You will fight waves upon waves of enemies until you clear each section and you will be graded based on your performance. If you’re good at avoiding enemy fire and can quickly make short work of all enemies around you, achieving no-death runs, you’ll be able to aim at getting a higher grade for each area.
The game features a shop that allows you to buy upgrades to improve your ship, increasing its strength, speed, and defenses. Your primary gun can also be upgraded, so be sure to make the most of the shop! You get 250 crystals when you start, and you can buy a lot with those crystals, focusing on what works best for your playing style – and 250 crystals can go a long way.
Boiling Bolt is definitely different from other shoot ‘em ups I have played, which is a pro and a con for the game. The way the playing field is limited will challenge even the more seasoned players of the genre. The game is short since there are only five main levels, but there’s enough in there to keep speedrunners busy for a while. If you’re a fan of the genre, this one might be right up your alley, as long as you’re ready for a game that will test your skills to the max.
This Boiling Bolt review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Plug In Digital.