Jamestown Review

Jamestown ($9.99 http://store.steampowered.com/app/94200/?snr=1_4_4__13):

Alright, so Jamestown went faster than expected (although I have not finished it) and I figured I’d write a review already since I have an overall opinion for the game.

First, a trailer:

So once again, if you watched the video you know what it’s about.  If you didn’t it’s basically the Spanish attacking England in 1619, but with aliens.

The game itself starts off with 8-bit visuals and some fantastic music.  Followed up by your start screen.  You will be taken to a map with 5 different levels and The Gauntlet(which must be unlocked of course).  There are multiple difficulty levels which include, Normal, Difficult, Legendary, Divine, and Judgment (which must be unlocked).  Here are some helpful hints so that you only have to play through each level once or twice.  To unlock higher levels, you must play on higher difficulty levels (1 through 3 must be played on Difficult to unlock 4, 1 through 4 must be played on legendary to unlock 5 and so on.)

In Jamestown, there are 4 ships to choose from: Beam, Gunner, Charge, and Bomber each with their own special abilities.  To unlock Gunner, Charge, and Bomber, you must buy them from the small in-game shop with coins for completing levels (even if you don’t complete the level, you get coins for your overall progress in that level).  Other items include harder difficulties and challenge packs for bonus levels.

Gameplay itself is extremely bullet hellish.  In some of the later levels, I feel safe to say it’s on the level of Touhou in terms of crap flying around the screen and things exploding.  The storyline itself isn’t very interesting, and from what I gathered while skimming the words, you want to become honored by the king and you have to defeat this Spanish guy.  The level design however is fantastic with new enemies each level with new abilities of their own.  Each level also has a best suited ship for it (For instance I found using Gunner on world 3, and Charge on Round 4 made them easier.)  The only real gripe I found with the game play is moving.  Your ship moves slow, and sometimes it is very hard to dodge everything coming at you.  Luckily the games supplies you with 3 lives and 2 continues (which will be used up).

Jamestown can easily be mistaken as a short game at first, but as I said, it makes you replay levels to unlock higher levels.  One untested feature is the 2 to 4 player co-op mode.  Extra mice and/or keyboards can be hooked up to the same computer in order to play.  Judging by the trailer, this looks like a fun mode if you have some friends and an extra mouse or two.

Jamestown is a good game.  I’d say if you really love bullet hell games and have been looking for something new, then it is worth the $9.99.  Otherwise I’d wait until it goes on sale on Steam.


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Student, 19, Living Life

Posted on June 27, 2011, in Indie Games. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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