Nano Assault Neo-X is an interesting and different sort of shoot ’em up. It’s not an old-school flat scrolling surface like Defender or a new-school Resogun sphere you’re shooting around. Shin’en Multimedia’s Neo-X throws at you a twisting surface that needs to be explored. These surfaces seem alive, constantly turning and spawning creatures and organisms. Nano Assault Neo-X is about stopping a deadly Nanostray virus and clearing each beautifully mapped out level. Each ‘world’ as it were, regurgitates new living, breathing organisms that slither closer, hunting you down.
The premise is to play through sixteen levels spread across four clusters. Names like Epsilon, Zeta, Omicron and Sigma certainly tell you this is a futuristic shooter you’re about to belt out on Playstation 4. These microscopic playing fields looks fantastic, shimmering and glowing with colour and smart detailed textures. Each level throws some lovely-looking backdrops and serves up even more beautiful surfaces to explore.
Nano Assault Neo-X is not hard; there are some troublesome virus-like creatures out there, but nothing too frustrating. The key is picking up upgrades and buying enhancing abilities for longer survival. Your ship can be upgraded with four satellites and three different kinds of sub weapons. Spending tokens on extra lives and score doublers are the way to get featured on the leaderboards. These tokens can be found thought out the game and also ‘bonus’ letters can be collected, which add even more interest. Finding these five letters sees a special bonus level open up with a chance to collect more booty. This new level comes out of nowhere and brings a subtle change to the gameplay. Here you’re hurled down a tube-like tunnel with the accelerate pedal stuck on overdrive trying to bag as many tokens as possible.
Levels are tight and don’t give much room for error, so it’s lucky your craft handles extremely well in this twin-stick shooter. Smooth and precise directional movement make controlling your craft an easy ride. Weaving between tree-like stumps that trigger a wave of fire power once destroyed, trails of bizarre hairy creatures, and large mounds of organisms that materialise out of nowhere make Nano Assault Neo-X a unique shoot ‘em up. Shin’en Multimedia have given their shooter a cracking soundtrack. A pumping techno medley sweeps through the game, perfect for keeping you up for late night gaming sessions. Although this is a short shooter, the two player split-screen action and arcade mode help make for return play.
Nano Assault Neo-X is an indie arcade futuristic shooter that is definitely worth a shot at. Looks beautiful and plays beautifully, enjoy your short stay.
Lizard rating 8/10