About The Game
The Reptilian Rebellion has just started. Wait, don't you know what reptilians are? There are thousands of these green lizard-men living amongst us, but now they have become too dangerous.
Choose between 10 cute characters with unique gameplay, and encounter lots of different reptilians, vehicles and items. Don't let reptilians rule the world!
The reptiles are invading and it’s up to you to and your little group of freedom fighters to send them back to where they came from.
The first thing that came into my head when I read the games premise was the 80’s tv series V (badly remade and quickly cancelled after 2 seasons in 2009) the game doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the tv series other than an army of Lizards seemingly intent on world domination & perhaps the same small budget production values.
There are no giant space ships or mini space shuttles (but there is a troublesome plane I’ll get to later)
The main focus of this game is to stay alive as long as possible and take down as many reptilians as possible before you inevitably meet your own demise.
You’ll never actually win the game its a simple high score chase and battle for survival as long as possible.
You’ll start with a selection of three characters with seven more to unlock.
5 of those are unlocked by killing a set amount of evil reptilian but don’t be too alarmed when you see that to unlock Ali for instance you have to kill 2,500 reptilians as you won’t have to do so all in one battle at the end of each game the number of reptilian wiped out is added to your grand total and this is the figure that counts towards your unlock.
2 of characters Leo & Bob are unlocked by killing particular prominent figures of the reptilian army.
The game starts simple enough these two won't take much killing
Each character has 6 stats Number of lives, speed, shot speed, shot power, power ups (how long they last) & number of bullets they start with or collect when picking up ammo crates.
The stats vary enough to give you a reasonable choice as to which character you want to use depending on your personal preferences do you want more lives or more bullets for example.
The only real oddity I found in the character select screen was Sam who has the exact same stats as Ken except he has a slower speed meaning Sam for anyone who looks at the stats is an obsolete choice unless of course they want to make the game slightly more difficult for themselves.
So you’ve made your character choice and you step out into battle and a lizard man or two come out to greet you.
Line up with him hit the fire button and bang it will explode into a pile of flying pixels, you’ll turn around and blast the one on the other side and everything will seem so easy.
It doesn’t take too long for Lizards wearing blue to appear that will take 2 shots to kill (unless you have a character with strong shots) and then lizards with shields who’ll keep putting them up to block your shots, ones with various weapons that fire one or more bullets , speed lizards who charge towards your centre ground at a much faster rate.
Frog type creatures who hop along towards you and even lizards who look a little like robots that take more shots than you’d like especially when a number of them swarm the screen together.
There is a plane occasionally flies by dropping a chemical trail that will reverse your controls so up is down and down is up.
The only way to avoid being infected by the plane is to go to the bottom of the screen and your comfort zone.
If you’re anywhere else on the screen as it flies past you will be infected.
Ken's stats are identical to Sam's except he has normal speed compared to Sam's slow.
The bullet limit will always keep you on your toes as you’ll be constantly dropping to the comfort zone to pick up a new supply or up top over the road where they also appear.
Power ups also appear here too they won’t be around forever so you’ll want to grab them as soon as possible.
They include faster shot speed which isn’t all that important in my opinion but also more powerful bullets and perhaps most useful of all multiple shots allowing you to send out spreads of bullets taking out more of the ever more difficult lizard horde in one go.
In addition to the bullets and 3 main power ups you can pick up a hydrogen bomb that will kill all (or almost all) reptilians on the screen and a freeze power up that obviously freezes them all ready for picking off one by one.
Your friends (unlocked or otherwise) will also pop up on the other side of the road from time to time.
Running over and touching them will set them on the task of helping you out for a limited time.
They’ll stay on the top side of the road moving both left and right shooting downwards and hopefully taking a few of the reptiles out on your behalf.
You can have up to 2 of these team mates helping you out at the same time but like the power ups if you don’t get to them within a limited time they’ll disappear (or in this case just walk away and leave you to it)
The hydrogen bomb kills almost every reptile still not quite sure how that shield saved that one.
Easy to pick up and play for all skill levels.
Power ups arrive in reasonable intervals.
Available at budget price.
Your friends will help you out from up top but can't save you foolishly walking into a bullet
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Despite being essentially a high score chaser there is no high score table other than the total number of reptiles killed.
The basic graphical style will never appeal to everyone.
Total Reptiles killed is nice but individual high scores would have been nicer.
Herrero games are currently focusing on games aimed more towards younger (It should be noted however the game is rated pegi 12 In the uk I have no idea why)
& more casual gamers and as such the game runs well enough is more than easy enough to understand and control and my kids (all aged under 6) find it reasonably amusing.
As someone who takes his game playing a little more seriously I see a quick high score chasing time waster between games and at a budget price that might be enough for some people.
I would have liked the addition of some sort of high score table with at least a top 5 most kills in one session rather than just the total number of kills in all sessions.
I would have also liked (though perhaps its asking a little much given the games price) a few different level settings for instance instead of just battling the reptiles in the city perhaps a few more locations with a different set up perhaps reptiles coming from the top and bottom or even coming from every direction.
None of the above would have made massive differences to the overall game perhaps and I accept that even with such additions it’s unlikely to sway that many potential buyers one way or another.
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A review copy of the game was provided by Herrero Games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.