A game that could have been better, but doesn't manage to get higher quality peaks.
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Even if you're not a fan of bullet hell you should give Earth Atlantis a try, this really doesn't deserve to sink without a trace.
Earth Atlantis mixes exploration and scrolling shooter elements to create a challenging, if occasionally frustrating experience. The map-inspired visuals are the most unique and eye-catching aspect of this game, but under the hood it's a good distraction that works best in portable mode when you have some time to kill.
Visually, the game is absolutely stunning.
That's a question Earth Atlantis doesn't have an answer for. Perhaps the point, the game would like you to believe, is the “thrilling” boss battles. But if that's the case, these battles should've been more engaging and memorable—adrenaline-intoxicating, if you will. It seems Pixel Perfex wanted to create a boss rush game similar to Acid Nerve's Titan Souls or Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus but tossed the flood of mindless enemies in to keep you from sinking into the abyssal depths of boredom. Unfortunately, it's too late, as Earth Atlantis doesn't so much sink in the depths of the ocean as much as it drowns in the boring and tedious repetition it's so engulfed in.
Thanks to a unique art style, the game steps outside the 2D shooter territory for a while but its charms don't last for very long as it becomes clear that Earth Atlantis needs a more thinking in its exploration component to keep the players interested. While it's a fun experience when played for short and quick moments, it doesn't have the ambition to go beyond that.
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Even if you're not a 2D 'shmup' veteran, or are looking for something a little off the beaten, sidescrolling track, there is plenty to enjoy here - we have tight controls, plenty of unique monstrous bosses to defeat and exploration of a broken but beautiful submerged world. While it lacks a few options, has occasional boss fight difficulty spikes and is not the relentless action that some genre fans prefer, Earth Atlantis has enough old school shoot 'em up substance to back up its glorious and organic style.
Earth Atlantis is an enjoyable shooter with a beautiful visual style, reminiscent of a time where monsters were believed to be hidden underwater. The game has been re-balanced since the initial Nintendo Switch release, not to mention being able to use the d-pad for steering the ship. There are two main game modes and multiple pilotable ships. Strangely the audio options are only available on the main menu, and I ended up muting my TV while playing as I found the constant shooting audio level to be a tad too overpowering. There are three difficulty modes as well as a record keeper for completion times, but it seems to be local only and not global. I think the game would benefit from trying to best your friends time in either mode.
Earth Atlantis is a solidly built 2D shooter with a refined visual style and a relatively friendly learning curve, but a lack of colour and variety hold it back from being truly memorable.
Earth Atlantis innovates by bringing in ideas from the metroidvania genre to its shoot'em up shell, creating an experience that is unlike any other.
While the physical limitations of its content are clear, it takes little away from the intrigue and challenge Earth Atlantis generates through its fusion of explorative design with the shoot-em-up mechanics that it unquestionably pays homage to.
Earth Atlantis takes the world its built and makes us appreciate it for every detail. Despite some gameplay issues, this title does the best it can to provide players with a memorable experience.
If there was ever a bullet-hell shooter that was also a cure for insomnia, Earth Atlantis would be it. Ugly, droning, and tedious to play; it is hard to find anything worse than this on the Xbox Store. While it is a functioning game, it is another example of poor design and miscalculated art direction that undoes any technical know-how the programmers implemented. It is always sad when the talent portion of a poor game is on the side where there is no artistry. After how far game development has come, having to compliment Earth Atlantis's code is the most depressing accolade to give.
Earth Atlantis is a game that is best played if you pace yourself. The quick boss encounters and ease with which you can find enemy mobs makes for some frantic gaming, but that high frequency also means that the experience can get repetitive. The overall mechanics are good, and the look is certainly distinct. It differs enough from normal shooters that it's worth a look, especially if you want a more exploratory adventure to go with your shooting.
If you're in a monster hunting mood, and are a fan of 2D shoot 'em ups, then you should give Earth Atlantis a go on Nintendo Switch. The game's art-style is great and its giant bosses will definitely test your skills the further you progress in the game. With each boss you defeat a new path will open up, bringing you closer and closer to eradicating all of them.
Earth Atlantis is a solid 2D shoot ‘em up release on Nintendo Switch with a unique look that will grab your attention as soon as you start playing. There is a nice variety of enemies to defeat and bosses to conquer, and the recent patch released for the game has increased drop rates for items and sub-weapons, made the ship move faster and rebalanced bosses so that players of all skill levels have a shot at enjoying the game. The publisher has also changed the game's Nintendo Switch icon to something a bit more snazzy if that's the sort of thing you look for in your Switch games!
A couple of the bosses certainly need to be patched and this is why I can't recommend playing through Hunter Mode right now. With all due respect, dealing with a couple of those bosses is just a little too much. If you're prepared for a few difficulty spikes and still want to go on a grand adventure, Earth Atlantis will provide a fun experience.
Earth Atlantis is a uniquely looking, but badly designed game. It bases it's gameplay on conquering the flooded Earth and killing beasts inhabiting this brave new world.
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