Review: Project Starship (PlayStation 4)

Project Starship is an arcade bullet-hell with random mechanics. No match will ever be the same. Who will you be? Garret or Gwen? Will you save the world from the mighty Cthulhu.

Pros:

  • Chunky retro pixel graphics.
  • 217.5mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Two characters–Garret and Gwen.
  • Two difficulties-easy Easy and hard.
  • The best score is shown on the main menu.
  • Easy Platinum.
  • You can slow down time for short periods.
  • Powerups- shields, missiles, Ninja stars.
  • Abilities-pickups you activate and are things like smart bombs.
  • Boss fights with multiple forms.
  • Easy to learn controls.
  • Chiptune like soundtrack.
  • Shields-shows how many hits you can take. You can collect more as drops in-game.
  • Bullet hell elements.
  • Levels and bosses randomize every run.
  • Mad zones-triggered events with its own little set-piece section.
  • Arcade presentation.
  • Supports analog and d-pad inputs for movement.
  • Overload-increases enemies and drops for a short time.
  • Can hold down the shoot buttons.
  • Comical voice over.
  • Surprisingly playable.

Cons:

  • No tutorial.
  • The view is zoomed right in.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Difficult maze-like set pieces with it being way too thin and the ship moving too fast.
  • Holding down shoot means you get no cool sound effects.
  • Ability pickups don’t have any information on what they are or actually do.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

I likes me a good Shmup and here it was one of those where the initial play was rough and felt wrong but over time I grew to really like its style and charm. It’s a basic shooter compared to many, the voice work is a fridge full of cheese and the gameplay doesn’t really change but you know what? It’s all of that combined that makes it a game you can happily zone out with. It’s bare-bones and basic but it covers the bases needed and with a super easy Platinum trophy it is also rewarding. Project Starship is a game that won’t change the genre but it will entertain you albeit for an hour or so.

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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