Nephenthesys Review (PlayStation 5)

For this Nephenthesys Review, we are in the year 20XX, after the completion of the Lunar Launch Base, its first mission to Mars was initiated, but it was interrupted when the crew encountered an unidentified object with absurd energy signatures. The mission immediately shifted to recovering the object and safely returning it to the lunar base, where it would be assessed if it was safe to transport to Earth’s laboratories.

Nephenthesys Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 225.2MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You get the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Tutorial section.
  • Leaderboards.
  • Nine ships to unlock each with a unique weapon and drone attack.
  • Power ups drop from enemies.
  • Arcade presentation.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • In game story is told via conversations.
  • Power up your drone ability for a big attack.
  • You can see the boss health bar.
  • A lot of bullet hell moments.
  • Your ship can move all around the screen.
  • Auto fire as standard so you can just hold the button down.
  • Easy trophy list.

Nephenthesys Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Repetitive soundtrack.
  • Levels go on too long and with that comes empty screens.
  • No checkpoints so dying has you starting the level again.
  • Hot box of your ship is a bit off.
  • No multiplayer.
  • Little replay value.

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Developer: Let’s Dev Studios

Publisher: eastasiasoft

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Nephenthesys offers an engaging shoot ’em up (shmup) experience with its visually appealing graphics and a reasonable download size of 225.2MB. Players are rewarded with a Platinum trophy and receive both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game. The game features a tutorial section to ease players into the gameplay, which is complemented by leaderboards to encourage competition.

Players can unlock nine different ships, each equipped with a unique weapon and drone attack. As you progress, power-ups can be collected from defeated enemies to enhance your ship’s capabilities. The game presents itself with an arcade-style aesthetic and includes big boss encounters that test your skills. The story unfolds through in-game conversations, adding depth to the gameplay.

Your drone can be powered up for a massive attack, and you can monitor the boss health bar during battles. The game is known for its bullet hell moments, requiring players to navigate through a barrage of enemy fire. The ship’s movement is unrestricted, allowing it to traverse the entire screen, and auto-fire is enabled by default for continuous action.

While the trophy list is easy to complete, some limitations include non-rebindable controls, the absence of online leaderboards, and a repetitive soundtrack. Some players may find the levels overly lengthy, leading to moments with no action. The lack of checkpoints means that dying will reset the level, and the hitbox of the ship may feel imprecise. Additionally, the game lacks multiplayer options and offers little replay value after completion.

Overall, Nephenthesys is a solid choice for fans of the shmup genre, offering classic gameplay with modern twists, though it may fall short for those seeking a more dynamic and feature-rich experience.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!