User reviews for "Exception"

$11.49 / 1,296JPY
Exception is a shooting game centered around and original component, "Blown Attacks."
  • Release: May/02/2008
  • Purchased: 9x

Pickup!An Excellent Shmup with Puzzle Elements


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"Exception" is a shoot-em-up that takes a little of the tried-and-tested formulas of other notable shooters and mixes it with unique gameplay mechanics and a slick aesthetic reminiscent of Tron and Rez.

Your little fighter cube flies along the x and y axis with omnidirectional firing. You have a health bar, as opposed to dying in one hit, so in that regard it is a tad forgiving. Three weapons are at your disposal: a straight, constant laser beam for focused fire; a chargable homing ray to take out swarms of weaker enemies; and, what is perhaps the most important weapon in your arsenal, the catapault, which is the device that employs the "blown attacks" mentioned in the product description.

The catapault grows in strength with a power meter filled by dealing out damage to the enemy swarms. When it's ready to use, an outline of a box appears in front of your fighter. When the catapault is used, everything inside that box is flung away from your fighter with considerable force. The smaller and lighter the object is, the farther and faster it will fly. Skillful use of the catapault, especially when you let the power meter fill to its maximum, is the key to surviving the levels. It can be used offensively to fling hundreds of cubes into the oncoming hordes. Defensively it can get you out of a pinch when things get claustrophobic. It can even be used on parts of the level itself, for example to shove blocks out of the way that would otherwise trap your ship and cost you much of your health. Smart use of the catapault reaps the most reward from this game, especially against the bosses that you face.

If you are a fan of shoot-em-ups, you can't go wrong with this game. It's got the right balance of action and challenge to satisfy your gaming fix, and the online multiplayer is icing on what's already a delicious cake of a shmup. :)

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