A small girl inhabits a chalk world… using her chalk to draw, can you get her through this unique shoot ‘em up?
We have reviewed many shoot ‘em up games here and recently the arena shooter has seemed to dominate, with titles such as NaaC, Echoes and Mono taking us all by storm. One title, though, has managed to wholly reclaim the side-scrolling shoot ‘em up genre with unique graphics, innovative game play and bold individualism.
Using the keyboard to control the girl, manoeuvring her out of danger, you use the mouse (a piece of chalk) to draw a line. This line of chalk has many different properties, such as the ability to destroy enemies. Usually, a game like this will have you blasting away at the enemy until they are no more. Fortunately, a game like this is also unique. Each enemy has a minimum of two points on its body which destroy the enemy if a continuous, unbroken line is drawn between the points. Other enemies will need to be destroyed by drawing a line between their bullets and their own ships.
The chalk line is limited in how long it can be, but there is no limit to how many times, or how frequently you can use it. At times acting as your primary weapon, the chalk line can also be drawn as a shield between you and enemy fire. The nuances and details in the game are many and will require frequent re-visits in order to conquer fully. A wholly enjoyable game which you should be enjoyed by anyone with a taste for originality.
This game is pretty darn good. The idea for it is amazing, I would never have thought up a side-scrolling chalk-em-up. All the bosses are unique and use the game mechanics to fight and take damage, although they aren't too hard after the you figure out the way to fight 'em. The level design is also pretty good, nice scrolling backgrounds, and a good difficulty progression. Still it doesn't get too challenging even at the end. The music is awesome, other than the boss music which is slightly annoying, and you CAN turn it off. The graphics... are all they need to be. This game focuses on gameplay with a fairly small learning curve and many new innovations to keep you clicking. And its a nice download size.
All in all, 8.5/10
The whole concept of this game is so refreshingly different from other "shooting" games. In a way, this is purely self-defence as you have to use your enemy's bullets against them. Some logical thought is required to figure out how to defeat each enemy. Everything about this game has a very high-quality feeling. Graphics and sound are perfect. There are six levels which are quite long. My only complaint is that the game is too easy if you're using a stylus instead of a mouse. I finished it on the first attempt, but it was an hour of good fun and I will definitely play it again. Would love to see a larger commercial game developed by the makers of this.
The gameplay just feels right, the graphical style is brilliant, and overall this game is amazing, a must download.
Although... I cant help the feel that this game should be on the Nintendo DS...