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DRAINUS

Team Ladybug, WSS Playground, PLAYISM
May 22, 2022 - PC
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

100%

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10
Video Chums
8.1 / 10
GameBlast
8.5 / 10
Rice Digital
Unscored
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Critic Reviews for DRAINUS

Though if you’ve any affection for the genre, or any love for the likes of Darius and Gradius, then there’s really no reason to wait until then. Drainus has a silly name and a few small frustrations, but that doesn’t stop it delivering the same heart-soaring spectacle and sharp, satisfying action that makes the greats soar. This might fall just short of being one of them, but it’s an exquisite shooter all the same.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

The best 2D shooter for several years and a fantastic homage to the genre, with some of the best pixel art graphics of the year.

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Team Ladybug is really demonstrating its programming expertise with Drainus. It's both dangerous and brave to attempt a shooting game on the scale of Gradius V or Einhander, yet for the most part, the developer pulls it off in convincing fashion. It's not entirely perfect, arguably overly easy, and various aspects will sit better with some players than others. But, at the very least, it's a spectacular sci-fi action epic that constantly evolves, creates, and showboats. To that end, Drainus will land well with both hardcore and casual players alike.

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The lack of unlockables is unfortunate, but the number of upgrades you can open up and attach to your ship does allow for some neat customization. Another slight issue is that because the power-ups you collect allow you to take extra hits, you become something of a sitting duck after losing a life during a boss fight, with no way to reactivate your power-ups and thus build up your arsenal and your "life meter." While it'd be great to see online leaderboards and more content added down the road, I'd still recommend DRAINUS to fans of the genre and–given the manageable challenge it offers–even newcomers looking to try one of these for the first time.

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DRAINUS is a top-notch shoot 'em up thanks to its clever combo of bullet-absorbing fun and satisfying upgrade deployment. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys some good old-fashioned arcade shooting action with a couple of modern twists.

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DRAINUS merges classic elements and unique ideas to create an impressive shoot 'em up. The mechanics of absorbing enemy shots bring dynamism to the stages, which have several creative and varied moments. In addition, the setting stands out with a stylish look and breathtaking imposing scenes. At times the challenge is low and there is not much content, but the general care of the title's production compensates for these problems. In the end, DRAINUS is an unmissable experience.

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In short, Drainus is an absolute triumph for Team Ladybug, and should be considered an essential in any shoot ’em up fan’s library. Here’s hoping it gets a console release so those of us who enjoy collecting games like this can have it on our shelves one day…

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