Review: Mars chaos menace (PlayStation 4)

Humanity is terraforming Mars, but chaos and destruction threaten the planet. Battle your way through innumerable hordes of enemies that wish to destroy you and face the most terrible and powerful monsters in the galaxy. Our destiny is in your hands.


  • HD graphics.
  • 1.37GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Four save slots.
  • Two heroes–green and blue.
  • Three difficulties-easy/normal/hard.
  • Mars: Chaos Menace is a Shmup.
  • Difficult.
  • Three lives.
  • Shoot forward or backward.
  • The story is told with storybook images.
  • Combo counter.
  • Clear easy to read hud.
  • Mars: Chaos Menace does have bullet hell elements.
  • Destroy towers for power ups like different guns.
  • Easy to learn controls.
  • Upon death, you drop all power-ups but you do get a small window to require them.
  • Big screen filling boss battles.
  • Detailed 3d backdrops.
  • Mars: Chaos Menace maintains an arcade atmosphere.
  • Great pick up and play for a few feels.


  • No tutorial at all to explain anything.
  • Difficult.
  • Mars: Chaos Menace has no leaderboards.
  • Three lives then game over with no continues.
  • Heroes are purely cosmetic.
  • Mars: Chaos Menace has simple power-ups.


OK so we have no shortage of shmups on Playstation 4 at the moment. So with that In Mind any new games to the genre need to bring not only the smoothness and tight controls as standard, but also a unique selling point. Mars chaos menace doesn’t really have a USP or even anythwdifferent. Yes you can shoot backwards but it’s not a new thing. Yes the game looks good and it plays well but it just doesn’t bring anything new. That’s not to say you should avoid, in fact it is a difficult fun to master game that can test even the most battle hardened vets out there. In short Mars chaos menace is a difficult yet decent Shmup but don’t expect innovation.

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!

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