Shoot 1UP DX Review (Nintendo Switch)

Instead of stowing each 1UP, you collect, each new ship becomes playable immediately, resulting in an ever-growing armada of destruction! With your home world ruined, lead your detached battalion’s charge by destroying the mechanical-tentacle hybrid attack forces responsible for your pain.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 72.2mb download size.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • How to play section.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Auto shoot-on/off.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Show warning arrows-on/off.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Two modes-main game and special mode.
  • 3 difficulties-chilled, normal and serious.
  • The special mode-one ship, increase stats and can save progress.
  • Two ships-one initially then unlock a second.
  • Two-player local co-op support.
  • Game speed option-25-200 percent.
  • Gimmick-you controls a set of ships at once and can expand and contract them at will, contract all the way to be a single ship.
  • Pick up and control more ships as you play.
  • Game world-you gets to choose your route as a fork will appear in the world.
  • The score is done by picking up score icons.
  • 1ups a plenty. Each one up spawns a new ship so you can amass a huge arsenal and it changes the formation when you expand.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Combo counter.
  • Collect timed power-ups.
  • Special mode (Trek) options-goof off (more 1 ups) and turn-based mode (pauses until you input your controls/moves).
  • Trek-you play as one ship and build up your stats like a shield and shot power, dying resets your stats, finishing the game, and looping around will increase the game difficulty.
  • Bullet hell Shmup action.
  • Trek mode plays more like a roguelike Shmup.

Shoot 1UP DX is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 15th

Cons:

  • Hard to see which achievements you have.
  • Hangs when viewing the leaderboard.
  • The points as pickups don’t always work as you can get the kills but not the points pickup.
  • The learning curve with how the expand/contract works in general gameplay.
  • The playing area is quite small.
  • A short game so if your a one and done kinda gamer it won’t take long, maybe 20 mins on easy.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

Shoot 1UP DX initially looks like a basic kinda plain looking shooter, it shows brief glimpses of maybe being something else but the first impression is that of low level. So that’s how I got this game wrong, I judged it on a first look and it came back to bite me on the ass, for what I found was one of the best examples of a Shmup and one that dares to add its own unique twist. Here in Shoot 1UP DX you play as a ship on the story mode, you collect the many 1 ups, which are actually more ships and you can expand or contract the group of ships so you can (on the fly) change the formation and mix up your shooting, it’s a wonderful mechanic that is so unique and fun to use. The scoring isn’t even normal and goes for a more Japanese Shmup style of scoring by having the defeated enemies drop a points pickup, again it all culminates into an experience any Sup fan needs to play, the other modes take on a more roguelike approach with just a one ship one run level up as you go type deal. I wanted the game to allow more freedom as the levels do and did feel claustrophobic and packed in. I never found going full expanded formation especially good unless I wanted to lose ships. The game has online leaderboards and local two-player Co-op but no other online interactions. Overall I enjoyed my time with the game, it surprised me multiple times but with a short story and no score chasing Pals to challenge, the game cooled its keys but is a game I would pick up to get a quick shmup fix.

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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