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[Beyond PlayStation] Retro Arcade Shooter - Attack from Pluto Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Retro Arcade Shooter – Attack from Pluto Review
EdEN
  • On October 22, 2020

Retro Arcade Shooter – Attack from Pluto from Digital Game Group is a compilation of three shoot ‘em ups on Nintendo Switch. Check out our Retro Arcade Shooter – Attack from Pluto review!

 

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Retro Arcade Shooter – Attack from Pluto from Digital Game Group is presented as a compilation of three shoot ‘em ups on Nintendo Switch. This means that when you get to the main menu for the game, you’ll be presented with the option of selecting one of the three volumes on offer, with each one giving you a chance to play a different type of old-school infused shoot ‘em up.

Volume 1 offers a vertical shoot ‘em up in space in which you’ll be destroying aliens that look like souped-up mechanical squids, flies, bugs, and more. Things quickly go into bullet hell territory, so you’ll have to dodge as you shoot at enemies, collecting the weapon power-ups they drop, the items that will raise your overall score, the ones that will add a shield to your spaceship, or the items that will heal some of the hit points you lost. While some enemies will be easy to defeat, others will be more resilient, so you’ll have to pay attention to their HP bar to see how much damage you’ve dealt and how much longer you’ll have to focus on said enemy before you can make it go boom.

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Survive for long enough, and you’ll run into a multiphase big bad boss battle in which the bullet hell side of things is dialed up considerably. If you manage to beat the boss – which shouldn’t be an issue once you learn its movement and attack patterns… and because you start your run with dozens of extra lives – you will find a space gate that will allow you to travel to the next level. You will start this new level without any of the weapon power-ups you had previously collected, so you’ll need to be on high alert so that you can

 

Volume 2 changes things a bit by moving the action to a sidescrolling shoot ‘em up style of gaming, while the rest of the basics remain. You will destroy enemies to collect power-ups to boost your spaceships damage output, gaining access to new weapons, grabbing items that will increase your score, and others that will add a protective shield to your ship or that will recover any lost hit points. If you’re defeated, you will carry on right away exactly where you died, but you will lose all power-ups. As was the case for Volume 1, there are no powerbombs, charge attacks, or special attacks to use, keeping things simple.

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Volume 3 is the same as Volume 1, but with some changes to the enemy types you’ll run into. As is the case for Volume 1 and Volume 2, the overall content cycles as you complete the few stages this set has to offer. Also, the same overall problem is present in the Volume 3 shoot ‘em up as in the previous two: enemies are bullet sponges. Sure, there are a couple of enemies you can defeat in a single shot, but the rest will require you to start attacking them as soon as they enter the screen, and even then, you might not be able to destroy them before they exit the scene.

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As a fan of shoot ‘em ups, my expectations were certainly high for Retro Arcade Shooter – Attack from Pluto. I’m here to report that this budget shoot ‘em up collection on Nintendo Switch is not one you should add to your console’s library. Its repetitive action, lack of powerbombs or special weapons, bullet sponge enemies, and lack of overall content, od not a fun game make. The collection is out on Nintendo Switch with a $5.99 asking price.

Disclaimer
This Retro Arcade Shooter – Attack from Pluto review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Digital Game Group.

Review Overview

Repetitive sboot 'em up compilation that misses its mark
5
5

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