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Dimension Drive is a breath of fresh air for a genre as exploited as the classic arcade shoot'em up.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Dimension Drive does offer up some compelling ideas to vertical shmups, but the focus seems to be too much on those aspects.
It's not been the smoothest of journeys to release for Dimension Drive, and nor will yours be through its initial twelve stage campaign, but it is a polished and engaging shooter that asks more of each player. This is definitely not a 'turn your brain off at the door' kind of bullet hell experience, but it's worthy of the effort. Failure will be frequent, and frustratingly so in the early stages, but it's not cheap and beating a section or level never feels unattainable. There is a specific type of coordination required that will take time to perfect, and for some it might overwhelm, but Dimension Drive is a game that can be as rewarding as it is demanding.
Dimension Drive does not go easy on anyone and its feature gameplay mechanic will multiply the woes of any player. If those well versed in 2D shooters will quickly grab it and hike up the difficulty level, those with less experience will beg for mercy and feel less of a bond with this game.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Overall really I liked the gameplay mechanics of Dimension Drive. It is clear that a lot of love, care and attention went into the game, and the game looks and feels like a project that took way more money to develop than the Kickstarter funding the studio secured.
Dimension Drive takes a commonly held problem in vertical shooters on home consoles, and turns it into a fun gameplay mechanic. It takes a fair amount of getting use to, and at times it becomes evident that there is definitely some room for improvement. In general however Dimension Drive offers some fun twists that fans of the genre will absolutely want to try out.
The concept of Dimension Drive offers a unique style of gameplay that would melt most brains with the frantic on-screen action, particularly as players have to navigate two different set of maps at the same time on the same screen. From the outset, this particular feature will overwhelm many who aren't familiar with shoot 'em ups, yet with dedication and time, Dimension Drive can offer a gratifying experience once the powers and abilities have all been mastered. The short length of Dimension Drive is a downside as some will breeze through the earlier stages and whilst there is a challenge in the latter levels the average gamer will be left feeling slightly short changed.
Dimension Drive is a tough-as-nails shoot 'em up with a very cool shift mechanic.
Dimension Drive takes an interesting concept and implements it well to separate itself from the many other shooters out there. The split gameplay mechanics may be a bit too much for the majority of the casual market, but anyone with a bit of thirst for a challenge could quite easily get to grips with its structure. It feels a bit like a fast-moving Tetris run at times, creating a somewhat puzzle element within its core when swapping between screens in the more maze-like sections of the game. It's also very well priced for what it is, and more importantly, it plays considerably well as a portable time killer.
Dimension Drive likely won’t become a favorite, but it stands as an interesting approach to a classic genre.