Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
Are you a child of the Atari days? Do you long to return to an asteroid belt and mindlessly wipe out oncoming foes? Is the concept of a story wasted on you? Then you’ll love Ultratron by Puppy Games.
Indeed there’s no hint of a storyline behind the game in the game itself; you need to look to the Puppy Games website. Apparently you play the part of the final humanoid robot in existence, and you’re looking to destroy the hordes of evil robots that have wiped out the human race. They’re led by the four robots of the apocalypse, who serve as bosses.
Right. Well, luckily, the scant and bizarre story delivers exactly what it promises: your goal in this game is to shoot evil killer robots.
Over. And over. And over.
Your character is a little blue creature with a purple head. You navigate him (her?) around a dark blue field which resembles computer circuitry in neon attacking robots that appear. As is characteristic with killer robots, most of your enemies have scary faces with big teeth and red eyes. You destroy said scary faces by shooting them with your gun, which, when fired, sounds rather like a ping-pong ball hitting the paddle.
And to be honest there’s not much else to the game. There are occasional power-ups that appear on screen which, interestingly enough, can transform into a more desired power-up if you shoot them enough times, such as a bomb that wipes out everything on the screen but the bulk of the play comes in the form of dodging enemy projectiles, keeping your shields high and raining destruction down on everything around you.
It’s just like a classic arcade game. And because of that, Ultratron works. It works really well.
The game is glitch-free and, in its semi-pixelated, neon glory, looks absolutely beautiful. The game doesn’t try and deceive players into thinking they’re playing something more: it’s obvious from the title screen onwards that this is a shoot-em-up, relatively brainless arcade style game where you need quick reactions more than brains to survive. If you don’t act quickly you won’t survive. And if you think the game’s too easy, play through a few levels: the difficulty gets knocked up quite a few pegs very quickly.
Unfortunately not everybody will appreciate Ultratron. It’s built for a specific audience. If you prefer more depth to your games then this one is not for you, as it’s very repetitive and provides no glory beyond a high score. Don’t go looking for a wonderful musical score, either, as the background tunes are scant and bland.
But if you miss the days of classic arcade adventures and yearn for a challenge, give Ultratron a whirl. The game takes a classic formula, makes it work again, and then freshens the whole package up with some wonderful visuals. I would buy it. 4/5
Puppy Games created Ultratron.