[Beyond PlayStation] Johnny Turboâ€™s Arcade: Express Raider Review
- On November 9, 2018
Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Express Raider is an endless type of game set in the Wild West. Learn more in our Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Express Raider review!
This one is an endless sort of game that has no ending, per se. Itâ€™s like other arcade games from the era in which you played stages over and over again to try and give it your best. Think of, say Pac-Man, but instead of a maze and Pac-Dots you have a cowboy and trains. The goal, as youâ€™ve probably guessed from the title, is to rob a train. Youâ€™re doing this on your own, without any accomplices helping you! Do you have what it takes to fight your way through the train to collect all its gold?
There are two available modes. You have a shooting gallery style rain robbery where you need to be fast to shoot at your enemies before they get a chance to damage you, and a sidescrolling combat-style train robbery part. Both types are a bit repetitive since they are part of an arcade game that was meant to be played for a few minutes at a time in old-school arcade galleries.
You are always on the run. You will need to quickly eliminate your first enemy to get on the train before it leaves without you and if you take too long in a combat situation while on top of the train cars it wonâ€™t end well for you! Youâ€™ll always need to be on the move, defeating any enemy foolish enough to come between yourself and your gold. While I did like the overall concept, always having to move forward was a bit of a distraction, and it kept me worrying about it at all times while also taking on the enemies that were out to get me. You have a variety of enemies who will appear on top of the train cars to fight you, and there are also random shooters who will shoot at you periodically, so you should jump or duck to avoid the incoming fire.
Express Raider is an interesting arcade game from another era that is a bit of fun when played in short burst due to its endless nature. Sure, every time you complete a cycle by playing both modes the difficulty will increase, but I donâ€™t think most gamers nowadays would appreciate this arcade-style experience, even if you can play it at home or on the go on the Nintendo Switch. Let me know if youâ€™ve played the game and what you think of it!
This Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Express Raider review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flying Tiger Entertainment.