I just love a good shoot’em up and the PS4 and Nintendo Switch are definitely the places to be in that regard. Both consoles are not short on shmup action and the latest one to grace their screens is R-Type. Published by Tozai Games, R-Type Dimensions Ex is a classic compilation of R-Type action. Released over a decade ago, this addition gets a new face lift and a new home.
All 8 original R-Type levels plus all 6 original R-Type II levels can be played in their original form and also played with a fancier 3D look. Flicking bewteen 2D and 3D while on the fly makes action look that bit better. Backgrounds look impressive and add more feel and depth to each of the eight stages. But if you’re wanting that old school hit of nostalgia, R-Type still delivers it in abundance.
Because this is the Nintendo Switch, you get extras. There’s a fast forward function that enables you to speed up the action and also slow down time, which is handy for breezing though swarms or bullets. Game modes consist of Infinite Mode and Classic Mode. Playing Infinite Mode lets you basically complete the game with as many ships as it takes, while Classic Mode offers a proper good challenge. There’s not really an in between mode which is a shame, but either way it’s a hugely enjoyable shooter. If you fancy some couch based co-op for two players then R-Type caters this also. For €14.99/$14.99 you’re certainly getting the full experience and because it’s also on Nintendo Switch, playing on the go makes it even that more appealing.
What I’ve always loved about playing R-Type is the detachable orb and the different ways in which it can be used. Attaching it to the front of your ship and blasting it forwards takes care of some of the advancing hoards, while letting it attach to the rear of your craft deals with any critters entering the forray from behind. While there are so many shmups out there offering a different take on shooting, dodging and high-score chasing, that little detachable orb always made R-Type one of my favourite shooters.
With a fresh lick of glossy paint and some nice extras R-Type Dimensions EX blasts out a superb shoot’em up. For a shot of nostalgic arcade action, you can’t go wrong.
Lizard Rating: 8/10