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[Beyond PlayStation] Johnny Turbo’s Arcade Shoot Out Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Johnny Turbo’s Arcade Shoot Out Review

Shoot Out is a different type of release from the other arcade games we’ve gotten on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Johnny Turbo’s Arcade Shoot Out review!


Shoot Out was originally released in arcades back in 1985. This is joystiq and two buttons game in which the joystiq could be used in eight directions for moving and for aiming where you shoot. This game is very easy to play, and players of all skill levels can play it. The game offers eight levels with a difficulty that ramps up bit by bit as you play. You will first get to play a practice stage so that you can get the hang of things, which is definitely needed.

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The game does not have any auto-aiming so you will need to move the left analog stick or the D-Pad in one of the eight directions so that you can aim at enemies and objects in a stage to shoot at them. I had a bit of trouble when trying to aim in the game since it was not as smooth as I expected, but luckily there’s also a dodge that can help to avoid your enemies’ shots. Dodging is a must if you want to stay alive since at any given time enemies will attack you from every direction.

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Gameplay is a bit like shooting gallery game from back in the day, so you’ll be using your character to quickly aim at any enemy that pops into the frame. Avoid enemy fire as needed since you won’t be able to shoot all enemies at once. One shot is all it takes for you to die, so all bullets are deadly. There are some checkpoints in each level that are activated by defeating a certain number of enemies, so that if you die you can carry on right away and not lose much progress. Another thing you need to be aware of is that, every now and then, innocent people will run across the screen. You need to do all that you can to avoid shooting them… but mistakes do happen. If you shoot one of them, then you will lose a life.

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As with other Johnny Turbo’s Arcade releases, you can adjust the screen aspect ratio, add filters to the screen to make it look like an old-school release, so that you can make it look just like the way you want it. Once you finish all levels the game will reset and start you again at the first stage so that you can do it all over again. It’s not a long game, as you would expect from a classic arcade game from the 1980s, and it is minimalist in its design and gameplay mechanics. But if you’re into playing games from ages past and experiencing a slice of the arcade life, then you should check this one out.

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This Johnny Turbo’s Arcade Shoot Out review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flying Tiger Entertainment.


Review Overview

Arcade game that has not aged properly