An amazing futuristic shoot ‘em up featuring great graphics and fantastic gameplay.
This is some of the most fun I've had with a freeware game. Kudos, Binaryzoo, you've proven to me that innovation and creativity is still possible in video games.
You play a little circle stuck on a line that shoots bullet-laser thingies from either end. Most of the time, you're being assaulted by other, colored circles on both sides (sometimes, you're on the top or the bottom of the screen, but most of the time you're in the center). The game is a neat gimmick that proves to be very successful; the action soon trancends chaos, and you're left with the feeling you had in the arcades when it felt impossible to avoid the hail of bullets from enemy ships.
It should be noted, however, that the game takes a bit to get started--the first two or three levels are a drag. But the further you get in to the game, the more insanity plagues your screen, and the more enjoyable the game really becomes. In closing, it's been a long time since I've seen innovation of this caliber in such a tired genre (the top-down shooter), and if you've been looking for a new way to pass the time anywhere, DUO is your answer.
DUO is almost exactly like what you could imagine a two player split screen co-operative Space Invaders to be like if it was played in the future and both players controlled the same ship at the same time. Except a bit more frantic.
The graphics in this game are subtly excellent, circles and spheres abound with neon highlights for walls and decorations. The enemies are all circles which bounce around and reflect off walls depending on what colour grouping they belong to.
Your ammunition is dependent on which side of your ship collects which amount of bonuses. Though sometimes (and this is where the real genius part of the game comes in) one of your ships guns may be disabled. The top or bottom may be out and rotating to face the enemy depending on where he’s bounced could prove hazardous or the saviour of the game.
Needless to say, the intricacies of this game abound in great quantities and can not all be summed up in one review – so I suggest to you now, download this game and prepare to be blown away. It’s a great game and its level of fun cannot be understated.
DUO is generally a good game that can keep you occupied for hours, blasting away at the small neon spheres. The only real problem that I can think of about this games is that it could have used a wider variey of opponents ...don't get me wrong the spheres are fun, but they dont really do anything. They just kind of bounce off the walls. They could have made those a bit more interactive.
Another thing is that they rate you at the end of each level on accuracy, time etc. What I really want to be able to do is to just hold down the fire button without being penalized for missing a couple of times.
As far as the graphics go, there are some who would criticize the game for being too primitive but I would say that, in their own way, the graphics of this game actually surpass those of most games I've played.
Overall, a really fun game that is definitely worth a download.
This game needs a few more colours. Gameplay is quite good but not my thing. I don't recommend this.