[PlayStation 4] Panorama Cotton Review
Panorama Cotton from ININ Games brings us a different type of shoot ‘em up on PS4. Learn more in our Panorama Cotton review!
Panorama Cotton from ININ Games brings us a different type of shoot ‘em up on PlayStation 4. This one was released exclusively on the Sega Megadrive in Japan – what is also known as the Sega Genesis – in 1994. This is the third entry in the series when considering Cotton 100% – for which you can check our review right here – and it’s a bit of a departure from the rest of the long-running franchise since it presents a pseudo-3D shoot ‘em up experience that will remind you of Sega’s own Space Harrier.
You’ll once again be playing as the titular witch Nata de Cotton, who is always craving more Willow candy. The fairy Silk, who joined Cotton in her previous adventures, is approached by her sister Knit, who says that something is very wrong. Queen Velvet has been acting strangely, and they realize the source is a piece of burned Willow candy. Cotton is not happy about this, so she sets out on a new adventure to find out who is burning Willow candy to put a stop to it before it’s too late and they’re all gone!
As was the case for Cotton 100%, you can play Panorama Cotton either in Standard or in Challenge Mode. Standard Mode offers you the possibility of using savestates to save your progress at any time, rewinding the action with the L1 button in case you make a mistake and lose a life, or using any of the unlocked cheats. Challenge Mode gives you the original experience for the Sega Mega Drive classic without any of the aforementioned quality-of-life improvements.
You’ll move Cotton around the screen with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, shooting at enemies with the X button. You can change Cotton’s speed with the Square button and can use magic attacks with the Circle button. The R2 button can be pressed to summon Silk into action. If you’re playing in Standard Mode, you can use the L1 button to activate the rewind function so that you can fix any mistakes you make along the way. You can also take advantage of being able to remove the overheat for your attacks so that you can have an easier time.
You can add a new Platinum trophy to your collection by playing Panorama Cotton. It’s a list that’s split into 10 Silver trophies and 8 Gold trophies. As happened with Cotton 100%, there are some trophies that need to be unlocked in the Standard Mode and some trophies that need you to play Panorama Cotton in Challenge Mode. There are trophies for completing each level in the game, as well as for reaching specific score thresholds in each of the two modes. To get all trophies, you’ll need to reach a million points in each one while also completing the game at least twice.
If you’re looking for a new old-school shoot ‘em up to play that brings something different to the table, then you should definitely check out Panorama Cotton from ININ Games and Success. Panorama Cotton is out digitally on PlayStation 4 with a $14.99 price, and you can also get a physical version for Sony’s console from Strictly Limited Games or go full-on retro and get Panorama Cotton on a Sega Genesis or a Mega Drive cartridge!
This Panorama Cotton review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by ININ Games.