Friday 21 June 2024

Somer Assault (TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine review)

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Released: 1992

Somer Assault is an action game where you control a Slinky spring toy.

+ Your Slinky is nimble, and while the controls are unusual it offers 8-way fire by strategically positioning yourself on platforms.

+ Includes a ton of power-ups that give you a multitude of ways to attack the levels, and unlimited continues are on offer.

+ Learning how to shave off precious seconds by traversing the stages using the jump button to stick to platforms is great fun.

- Power-ups released from destroyed enemies pass by far too quickly, leaving you with little chance of actually collecting them.

- Reverse controls icon serves no purpose but to annoy players, especially as the stage timer is already rather stingy.

- Countdown timer displays a 60-second warning that momentarily freezes the action and takes you out of your flow. 

- Finale boss rush artificially lengthens gameplay, and the music / SFX can resemble the harsh tones of the Atari 7800.

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