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Bangai'O Spirits (Nintendo DS)
- Over 160 levels!
- 1-4 player Co-op multiplayer!
- Create and swap levels with your friends. Infinite possibilities!
- New weapons and dozens of new combos
- Never before seen worldwide data transfer technology
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
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One of the most intense 2D shooters ever made by renowned developer Treasure has now been re-designed and perfected for the Nintendo DS! Take on swarms of enemies and unleash a sensory overload of fireworks-style missile attacks in over 160 levels of thumb-twitching action.
- Over 160 levels of eye-searing action
- Robust level editor gives you the ability to edit any existing level in real-time or create your own from scratch!
- 1-4 player wireless co-op and competitive battles
- New weapons and dozens of new combos
- Create and swap levels with your friends
- Never-before-seen worldwide data transfer technology
Get ready for total sensory overload! From acclaimed developer Treasure comes the most explosive shooter game ever!
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A noticeable thing different is that the difficulty is very high right from the start! I can imagine this frightening people off but the game is so much fun you'd be missing out.
Otherwise plenty more things in this game to shoot at and with, huuuge bosses, unlimited levels thanks to the editor and the (rather odd to use) sound transfer feature so you can send maps to one another through sound :O not to mention the 150 levels that come with the game compared to the odd 40 that the dreamcast version had..
There is no story in sight apart from a small introduction in the tutorial but it is not like that is what this game is about!
In conclusion, a whole load of fun to be had with this game, the map editor is fantastic and the game really sticks true to the original, the visuals are great (I admit I was put off by some videos I watched online) and the controls couldn't be better.
You pilot a battle mech and your objective in each level is to destroy the designated targets, using a variety of weapons such as bouncing bullets and smart bombs.
There's more to Bangai-O than just shooting things, though. Many of the levels have a puzzle element, and often strategy is needed to defeat the huge waves of enemies. This will exercise your brain as well as your trigger finger.
Levels are culled from the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast versions, as well as a whole new batch of original levels. If that is not enough, you can create your own levels using an easy to use and very flexible level editor. Using a unique sound download system you can download other people's levels and upload your levels using the DS's mic (yes, you really do use the mic to transfer files!).
Overall this is an excellent game which is great fun and is perfect for train and bus journeys (levels vary from taking less than 30 seconds to complete to about 10 minutes).
What you have here (for the newcomer to this delightfully low-profile series) is a small armoured robot with the ability to carry 4 different types of weapon at once. You are then thrown into what passes for a Bangai-O-level which generally means you are within a abstract maze, surrounded and outnumbered by various types of enemy ranging from gun turrets and flying troops to giant ants and humungous bullet spewing robots.......surrounded and outnumbered certainly....but never ever outgunned!
The top screen of the DS is a basic map showing where all the "need-to-kill" enemies are located, the bottom "touch" screen is where the action takes place. There are no touch screen controls to speak of after you enter your name but this doesn't detract from the brilliance of what is to come.
There is a tutorial and three differing level categories. "Treasure's Best ", "Puzzle" and the descriptively named "Other Stages" Unless you're a veteran I'd recommend starting with the tutorial levels which take you through all your abilities and weapons in order and let you put each to the test in a suitable scenario.
If it all begins to seem over complicated and bewildering; don't worry. As you try random levels and inevitably die (a lot) you'll start to understand how each weapon/ability works in conjunction with your surroundings and which weapon to use in which desperate situation. If one tactic fails it's simplicity itself to rotate hardware configurations by using a simple menu system before each level begins again/afresh. Experimentation is the key here.
When you start to "get it" you'll start to love it; simple as that.
The highlight of these games is undoubtably the ability to release up to 100 missiles at once and lay waste to hundreds of enemy missiles creating chain reactions that spread to nearby enemies. On top of this you can freeze time, use a shield, cut through bullet-storms with your sword, release homing missiles, bounce bullets, reflect attacks, dash right through obstacles and enemies and even use a giant baseball bat to swipe objects, missiles and enemies into each other. They're not all the weapons you possess either. Some of the weapon techniques can also be "mixed" to create other effects.
There isn't the time nor the space to describe everything this game has to offer but the most vital piece of information I've missed so far is that you can choose to try any of the 160+ stages at any time and also create, edit and swap your own levels with the Edit function.
This is a clever, surprisingly deep, mind-meltingly intense, intelligent and horribly addictive game which rewards those wise enough to take up the challenge. Business as usual for Treasure!
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