Minishot’ Adventures Review – Gaming Nexus

April 15, 2024 by No Comments

I say this a lot, but I’ve been playing video games for a long time. I played the Atari 2600 in my bedroom as a kid. I vividly remember my Aunt Pooh rubbing his hands together as my brother and I opened up the Nintendo Entertainment System, months after my cousin had. “I can smell Mario’s cologne” she said, and sure enough, Super Mario Bros. took over the living room. I remember seeing commercials for The Legend of Zelda, and I wanted it immediately. I was kicking my obsession with gold, recently became a 49ers fan, and this game came with a gold cartridge. I played that game with Nintendo Power magazine on my side, and saved to get the latest electronic gaming monthly magazine.

Later I became obsessed and loved shoot ’em up games. It started with a game called Life Force (Salamander), a two-player shoot-em-up by Konami. Destroy objects, get power-ups, power up your weapons, dodge enemy bullets, destroy more objects. It was insane, and we couldn’t stop playing it, especially when we found out that “Contra Code” also worked for him to give us 30 lives. Other games became favorites in arcades. 1941, Phelios, and even Raiden easily took my money. Later, the genre evolved into the “Bullet Hell” genre, where your only chance to survive was to dodge everything, keep shooting, and hope for the best. And I know most gamers know how these work, but sometimes these reviews just aren’t for you. deal with it. It will all make sense.

All that to say, I wish I hadn’t overlooked this new game Mini Shoot Adventures by the Soulgame. This game put all my favorite genres into one game. The game is forced to tell you that the Unchosen have invaded the land you live in, and imprisoned all your friends in a corrupt crystal. The Primordial Scarab has chosen you to recover all your powers, find your friends, and defeat the Unchosen. You start in a cave, and immediately start dodging bullets while navigating the caves with the left stick. You land on the switch and it opens up a new path. And you will realize later that this first level is preparing you for the big game.

You then get your gun, in its lowest form, and start shooting at very short range. That’s okay, because you can use it to get out of the first room you’re locked in. And you can’t leave this room until you defeat what my chat calls “Angry Roomba”. You take them out, and the game asks how easy you want to make your shooting. You can keep it normal where you aim and shoot with the right stick. You can get a little help with auto-aiming when bullets get close to enemies. You can also select full auto targets. And now, we’ve added a little Smash TV to the mix. And now I’m hooked. Totally and completely bent.

Now that the game has me hooked, it then shows me in the top left corner where these red crystals are going. Crystals are dropped by enemies when they are defeated, and when you shoot to break piles of red crystals. When you have enough, they turn into blue crystals, and the game tells you that you can upgrade your ship. You have options on how you use this crystal, such as stronger firepower, or longer range. The more you upgrade an item, the higher the cost of that particular upgrade. If the first upgrade costs one crystal, the next one costs two. You can balance them, or put all your crystals into one until it’s maxed out. Another cool factor, is that you can lower any of your abilities and turn them into crystals without penalty. There were times when a boss was ruining me. I took the crystal from my ship’s speed, and upgraded my fire rate. When I beat the boss I quickly knocked them back out. Keep the cool coming, Soulgame.

After emerging from the cave, you free your first friend, and arrive at the home base. This is where all your freelance friends will end up. And the more independent you are, the more permanent upgrades you’ll get to your overall game. There are always signs in the game to point you in the right direction, so once you’ve freed someone, head back to home base. Once you free those other ships, there’s always something waiting for you at home base. Your first free friend allows you to upgrade your gun. That ship wants a different in-game currency in big red crystals. You can get big red crystals from big enemies or mini-bosses that you’ll eventually run away from as you wander aimlessly around the map.

This game has very few hands. The term is made up of “large red crystals”. I don’t know what they are called. The game doesn’t explain these items to you and that’s okay. When you pick up something and have no idea what it is, sometimes it’s on the other side of the upgrade/menu screen, sometimes it’s not. Roaming will get you in many places and nowhere at the same time. There will be places you simply cannot go because your ship is not ready. You have to take down bad guys, and hit switches to open up new paths. And you only get three hearts as a life, so please don’t think your ship isn’t sticking. Assemble your ship. Eventually, you’ll find a piece of the map. Just a piece. You can check this map at any time by pressing the Select button, although it doesn’t work in caves or dungeons.

The map you get will fill in and show you where the first underground dungeon is. Again, think back to the first Legend of Zelda. Rooms with mini-bosses, hazards, and even puzzles are everywhere. This game wants you to figure it out. You can’t jump on this ramp? Seek it. Can’t you get past this boss? Seek it. Maybe go out and grind some more. Get some more crystals. Seek it. And once you do, you’ll walk out with major upgrades to your ship. This will allow you to dash over small pits and water bodies. Then once you find that, and you get the key, you’ll run into the boss of that dungeon. You know… just like The Legend of Zelda. The boss is no pushover either, and won’t take your ship lightly. You should show the boss that real ship.

Now you can grab your new found options and explore more. You’ll find new friends, new upgrades, new enemies, new caves, and most importantly, new secrets. The game is full of them. If you think you can’t get to these places, you probably don’t have the right tools yet. The progression in this game is rock solid. You’re treated to plenty of “oooooooooh” moments. There are also ways to increase your hearts, by finding them all over the world. There is a friend who will not only show you where all the caves are, but show you what is in them, and tell you if you have everything in them. It doesn’t tell you where to go next. you will die And when you do, you start over at home base. If you die in a dungeon, you go back to the beginning of that dungeon. The more you unlock, upgrade and explore, the more fun this game becomes. If you’re stuck, it’s because you missed something. No one will make fun of you if you check this map. Stop watching this playthrough, Joe. you can do it.

Another thing this game does very well is the wide variety of enemies. At some point, you’ll come across water or sand-dwelling fighter jets, or jumping grasshopper-looking robots. There are indestructible turrets, and even enemies that hide like full trees. The amount of stuff you fight in this game is impressive. In the middle of the overworld is a complete mini-boss, he’s a snake, covered in stone, and you have to destroy him one stone at a time. There are even enemies hiding behind shields, basically blocking your way. Once you find your way around it, those enemies are gone. Everyone else respawns everyone you kill, or you leave an area or cave. If they don’t run right into you and get you, they will shoot.

Tablets welcome you in all shapes, sizes, colors and random patterns. Sometimes they float out there, hoping you’ll move too much and pop. Others move towards you, and past you, just to get inside. Common orange pills take one heart. There are no half hearts here. Instant death shots are also going on there. This is the fun part for me. It’s the challenge that makes this game stand out. When I’m going full speed up the ramp, I can blast through an off-screen enemy. I tried to break open a vessel, and raced to retrieve the contents, only for the vessel to be a boat, disguised. A bot in disguise. I love it. Everything about it.

So here you are. Run around with your upgrades, a shooting angry roomba and suicide jet, and kill almost everything in your path. Collect crystals as you become the next chosen one. Wandering through caves, and freeing friends by defeating them in races. Or finding old traditions and shrines to give you a little more background. Destroying things, and unveiling “Golden Fireflies” to cool your ship again. The challenge here is thinking you’re a hot vessel, when you really aren’t. The game knows it’s coming. The game knows you think you’re a ship. So what does the game do? Send more difficult enemies. Most of your enemies up until this point have been white. These enemies are purple. And they have deep red bullets that split your hearts in two with each hit. Back to home base, you small ship. If you’re good at the game, you’ll find and unlock other upgrades to fight and explore further, like more powerful weapons to break through cracks in the wall, or even a time-slowing one. something Like bullet time, only cooler.

I don’t want to say too much without spoiling it, but I do want to talk about the sound. The sound is great! From the subtle adventure music that changes depending on what area you’re in, to the sounds of enemies when you stun or destroy them. Bullets also make noise, but they don’t reach the ears. Every time I defeated the smallest enemies, there was a satisfying “crack” accompanying my destruction. Minishoot’ Adventures has some of the best, most balanced music and sound effects I’ve heard in a video game in a long time, and you can also adjust the volume of everything in the options menu.

There is an endgame, and I’ll leave it up to you. I’ve seen someone beat it in 4 hours. It took me 15. For the price, I kind of want to go as hard as you can. There’s also some post-game content, but I’ll leave it at that. This game is a lot of fun, and I don’t think I can make it short without feeling bad. I can now beat The Legend of Zelda in 3-4 hours. I couldn’t do that before. You will enjoy it. The description of SoulGame is as follows: SoulGame is a small independent game studio founded by two French guys who played a lot of video games in their childhood and decided they wanted to make their own. We love to create all kinds of quirky and charming universes that we fill with fun and dynamic experiences. I can’t wait for the next one. You are the chosen one. Go and be the ship they can’t mess with.

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