Cloud Cutter Review (Steam)
In our Cloud Cutter Review, we detail why it could be one of the best shoot em ups in a long time, from the visuals to the unrelenting difficulties, Cloud Clutter attempts to give us a fresh take and fresh challenges, Does it? Let’s find out!
Cloud Cutter Review Pros:
- Decent graphics.
- 6.16GB Download size.
- Steam achievements.
- Controller support.
- Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, post-processing quality, shadow quality, texture quality, anti-aliasing quality, effects quality, and foliage quality.
- Two-player local game mode.
- Remote play together support.
- Shmup gameplay.
- Online leaderboards.
- Three difficulties-normal, medium and hard.
- Beautiful 3D animated backdrops.
- Basic tutorial help for controls.
- Can rebind controls for the keyboard.
- Multiplayer can be a combo of controller and keyboard or two of each.
- You attack both ground and airborne units.
- Buildings can be blown up including oil tankers that cause chain reaction explosions.
- Tight responsive controls.
- Power-ups drop from enemies and buildings.
- Arcade presentation.
- Combo counter.
- Streak counter.
- Simple easy to read Hud. (can be turned off)
- Points pop up as you kill enemies and get bonuses like squad wipes.
- You can move all over the screen.
- Auto fires and you just press the secondary attack button once charged.
- Slick animations when you blow islands and chunks of terrain up.
- You soon learn to memorize the level layout and enemy patterns to maximize your run.
- Good loading times.
- Can get addictive as you try to beat a level.
- Massive boss encounters.
- 13 areas to unlock and each feels unique.
Cloud Cutter Review Cons:
- Very basic tutorial.
- Hard to see some enemy projectiles.
- Takes a while to get used to.
- You don’t fire straight and instead, it’s just off-center, takes some adjustment.
- Health packs are small and stingy.
- Enemies hit way too hard even on normal.
- Takes too long to hit enemies.
- Enemies will still shoot you off-screen or out of reach of your shots.
- Gets very busy very quickly.
Developer: Just Two Ltd
Publisher: Just Two Ltd
- Graphics - 9/109/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessibility - 7/107/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
Cloud Cutter is a Shmup like the olden days, it’s not all about stylish graphics, feel-good pickups, and a thumping bass line. No for Cloud Cutter is a hardcore tough-as-nails Shmup that has all the makings of a future classic. You have a standard gun along with a secondary missile that charges between uses to take on the enemy. You can get pickups but they are more geared towards keeping you alive than making you feel good or powerful. Enemies will come at you from all angles both in the air and on the ground or sea, it makes for some amazing set pieces of your making. Blow up an oil silo in a base and watch it chain reaction to all the buildings and level the fucker in seconds, take out guard towers, and watch defenses fall, it’s really well executed. The visuals match the soundtrack with over-the-top explosions and sound effects rounding off a very polished Shmup. I did have a niggle with the way the guns fire on your plane as it’s not straight on and instead of more of an angled shot, it’s fine but it did initially throw me off my game. Cloud Clutter boasts online leaderboards and a level select with 3 difficulties, but to be honest, the game is very frantic and they love to fill the screen with enemies and projectiles constantly so blink and you are dead. Usually, games like this where they are difficult will deter players, but with the advent of notoriously harder games like Demons Souls and Nioh, you appreciate your advancement and self-satisfaction more, Cloud Cutter does that, it’s difficult but you feel rewarded every time you get a bit further or learn an improved route. I really really like Cloud Cutter and despite constantly kicking my ass I keep coming back, it’s THAT good!