What I liked:
- I really enjoyed the visual style they went with in the game because not only does it make the enemies stand out but it also gives the gameplay a certain uniqueness.
- The controls which are obviously very important in a game of this ilk remained tight and responsive throughout my time with the game.
- Each world and enemy you come across is packed with an abundance of creativity which means defeating the worlds and enemies is very satisfying indeed.
- I found the boss battles in the game to be fun and challenging at the same time and they definitely did a good job of making them stand out.
What I didn’t like:
- In terms of content the game doesn’t have much for you to get to grips with and there isn’t much in terms of replayability either.
- Sometimes the game can seem a little unfair which does cause you to experience some frustrating moments every now and then.
- The upgrades you can pick up along the way are a little on the basic side and there isn’t really anything special that stands out here.
Does AlienCruise do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all AlienCruise is an old-school side-scrolling shooter that doesn’t reinvent the wheel so to speak and whilst it may not be the best game this genre has to offer it was still a blast to play with a lot of fun and enjoyable moments thrown in for good measure. Learning what to do in the game then doesn’t take very long to do and thankfully from the moment I started the game it became quite clear that the controls felt tight and responsive and they stayed that way throughout. This then meant I could focus solely on the shooting action that was taking place on my screen without too many problems and on the whole the shooting action was good because there’s a decent amount of varied worlds and enemies you have to tackle. There isn’t however a ton of content available to you and it’s all over rather quickly which is a shame because the content it does have has some memorable bosses thrown in. In order to defeat these bosses then you will need some upgrades because they do feel a little unfair at times and you do get frustrated but unfortunately the upgrades don’t seem to help you that much. Despite this though the game doesn’t really have much more in terms of problems and if like me you’re a fan of the side-scrolling shooter genre I’m sure you’ll find something in AlienCruise that will tickle your fancy because it keeps things simple and fun at all times.
I rate AlienCruise 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Cotton Games
Publisher: E-Home Entertainment Development Co., LTD
Release Date (Xbox One): March 27, 2019