|Defendguin (Arcade) by Chui
Anyone who is anybody into games has played some form of Defender game in their time, and more likely than not, been pretty impressed by the concept. Defendguin, ported by Chui, is the GP32 answer to Defender and I must say, pulls it off pretty nicely.
If you know much about Linux, you will recognise Tux, the penguin mascot and realise that this game is a bit of an anti-MS joke. Don't let that get in the way of the quality game underneath, which I believe is the best and most fun Defender clone I've played. The graphics at first look a little bit 'bolted-on' and scrappy, but the fluidity of the controls and the difficulty balance the game out nicely. Ahead of you is 20 levels of beastie shooting mayhem accompanied by some gnarley sampled sounds and bangin techno. In case you didn't already know, you have to protect (or defend?!) the penguins that are walking around the land below you, the nastys will be trying to kidnap them so that they can transform into a ghastly penguin mutant - and you don't want that! Shoot the little buggers before they carry your mates to the top of the screen and if they start falling, you better be there to catch them or "splat!". Once you have no Penguins left to protect, all hell breaks loose and the baddies mutate instantly, at this point the planet below disintegrates and there is some slight slowdown in the graphics dept.
It's not a particularly hard game if you have experience with shooters, but it's definately a fun one, there is enough variation and nice touches to keep you coming back for more until you complete it, and once you reach level 20 there's a little surprise for you. I won't tell you what it is but you can probably guess!
Graphics: A little rough round the edges, but more than adequate and work well with the game
Sound: Some crackles, but the samples that drop in there add greatly to the amusement factor, and the pumping tune gets you in the mood for blasting.
Gameplay: It's defender at it's finest, dare I give it 10 points? Hell yeah...
Progress: 100% ready for action
Replay Value: I kept on coming back to try and beat my score until I completed it, and now, I'll probably still come back but I wish there was a difficulty setting.
Overall: If you haven't got this on your SMC and you like shootemups, then what are you waiting for? One of my favourite games on the GP32.
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Review by frolik Nov/02/2004.