By Jackie "UniGameJackie" Verweij on October 10, 2018
Here's a FULL BLAST from the past! The arcade hall, do you remember that? Pinball machines, shooter games, racing games, crane machines and Air Hockey, which is still one of my favorite games ever. It has never been such a really big thing in the '80's where I lived growing up, but thankfully I had a quite nerdy family who took me and my brother over to an arcade hall on a regular basis. With pockets full of change that my mom would save up for us, we started our Air Hockey adventure, just to see it fly away, like... really flying. The pucks from the air hockey table just could not handle our youthful enthusiasm. On an occasion I remember someone walking by so happy and got a full head shot of one of my mom's puck which, of course, my dear sweet mother blamed on me! I was just flabbergasted by her hit and took the full blame. You know, not many things scare me but that day I have to admit mom was scary as shit!
I would play quite a few racing games against my brother, and would inevitably end up losing more games than I won. So, up next was playing shooters and I knew I could beat him at those! Guess I got my aim from my mom... Anyway, I really, to this day, enjoy Arcade halls and I still have pinball games on my Switch. Ultimately, I dream of having/ making my own Arcade hall. Now, enough dreaming and let's get back to the review at hand! Let's play Fullblast!
FullBlast is the first game by Indie Dev UFO Crash Games, who both developed and published the game. So, let's see what Fullblast is all about! Oh no... the earth is taken over by aliens and although many tried, no one succeeded in ridding the world of this alien scum! But you; you can! Only you can save the day... Oh god... I mean, the world... Well I'm gonna be honest, you know the drill. At least, if you're a 80's / 90's kid. It's like a lot (if not most) of the actions movies from back then. Thoroughly cliché, full of over the top action and not much fiddly bullshit. Same goes for the storyline and gameplay of Fullblast. And I am definitely not saying that this is a bad thing, it's just that my ADHD isn't always interested in a game's storyline.
But enough about me, let's talk Fullblast! Like, for instance: "What is it?" Well, Fullblast is a retro style, vertically scrolling shoot'em up. Graphics-wise, fullblast is clearly inspired by titles from the 80's & 90's, but uses modern technology, visuals and game mechanics. This, to me, is the perfect way to introduce these old school type of games to the current generation of gamers. The game features a story campaign which consists of 12 levels. Like I said before, mankind is, once again, on the verge of extinction due to those darn aliens and you are humanity's last hope. So, climb aboard your fighter plane, take to the skies and save the world. To do so, you'll have to constantly upgrade your weapons and kill thousands of alien ships and nasty creatures in gorgeous 3D graphics.
If you have a friend coming over, you can also play the game in local 2 player co-up mode! It's always good to have a back up when the earth is depending on you. The game has three difficulty levels and comes complete with its own set of achievements and leaderboards. I played the game on the PS4 and have to say that, for that system at least, it's an easy Trophy hunting game, if that kind of thing still exists... Within a couple of hours I completed the entire PS4 Trophy collection for Fullblast.
Fullblast is not really a hard game or a even game that is going to last forever, but for its price it is a good deal! Just for bringing back fond childhood memories, it's worth it. It is a nice distraction to play in-between bigger titles or whenever you have a few moments to spare. You can't really choose the fighter plane itself but I think that is not the focus of the game. We, as gamers, have gotten so used to a plethora of options nowadays, I really appreciate the fact that I can just pick up this game and go Fullbast on those alien asses in no time flat. The scenery is mostly city, but at times you will also travel over water. There are 6 small enemy types that look like bugs, two mini boss types with a different color palette that look like helicopters or a mid-size ship. The enemies patterns are easy to read and it doesn't take too much effort to get to the boss.
I must say that I really like the bosses! I mean, it got me worked up because I kept failing to defeat them, although I tried and tried! In a way, I haven't really had to do this for a long time. I'm not so much the type to swear much at games; I simply take a time out and try again. Not with the bosses in Fullblast though; I just needed to defeat them, so I pushed myself further and further. EARTH, I WILL SAVE YOU!!!
Along the way, you'll come across a number of power-ups, some of which actually serve as Power-Downs, so you'll need to watch what you pick up and, most importantly, not get hit! As for the soundtrack, this is the best! The Heavy metal coming from the game makes me feel like I am Will Smith in Independence day!
Now, it depends on what difficulty you play but, honestly, I don't think it is a really hard game. It can be challenging at times but, more than that, it is just a simple and enjoyable game. Controls are super easy and work smooth. The game itself looks really nice and colorful. Everything just somehow seems to come together in this game. If you are a fan of the genre, or just want to experience the shoot' em up games for a nice price, FullBlast really isn't a bad place to start!
I honestly don't see this game coming up high in the rankings, not that this always matters most; At least not to me. I enjoyed the time I played Fullblast but I can't see myself playing it for hours on end. Fullblast is a nice snack... yeah, that's the perfect way to describe the game; a good snack, like a Reeses butter cup!