10tons are no strangers to the top down shooter. Crimsonland gave us a bleak, dangerous and desolate place. Neon Chrome was a challenging cyberpunk shooter, and Judge dished out justice with guns. It’s business as usual as their latest gun assault fires onto PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Tesla vs Lovecraft harnesses some heavy weight power and knocks the Finnish developers other formentioned shooters sideways.
You play as a mad cap inventor, electrical engineer, physicist, and futurist, Nikola Tesla. He’s one clever man. A certain horror novelist, H.P Lovecraft, doesn’t take too kindly to his marvellous inventions. He thinks such work is a threat to mankind so burns down his lab and decides to end Tesla’s existence by summoning evil monsters and ghouls to hunt him down and cut off his power, as it were. An unlikely yet intriguing pairing for a video game, welcome to the beautiful yet bizarre world of Tesla vs Lovecraft.
10tons have definitely gone back to their Crimsonland roots here, and this is not a bad thing. What I loved about Crimsonland were the hordes of enemies to pick off, the constant movement, the perks and the carnage. Tesla vs Lovecraft offers all the above, plus so much more. Take the powerful Mech, a huge killing machine that has the ability to take down screens of enemies with its twin guns. There’s a teleport feature that gets you out of trouble and gives you access to fenced off areas. And not forgetting the beautiful striking visuals with their neon colours that shine bright amid contrasts of eerie dark cemeteries. It has the lot.
There’s a big choice of different weapons, as there is perks. This really keeps the game fresh as some levels will be a lot easier to complete if you have the right help on your side. But the biggest reward is obtaining the Tesla-Mech. By collecting 6 parts of the machine, while dashing and dodging, you’ll be given a twin shooter Mech. It’s a game changer. Get hordes of bad guys to follow you, steal the last piece of mechanical machinery, then let them have it. Tesla vs Lovecraft really does have its moments of joy and this is one of them. There’s something about how Tesla vs Lovecraft rolls that makes it a beautiful game to play. Is it the odd paring of characters? The dramatic soundtrack, or is it just the simplicity of it all that makes this work so well? Either way, 10tons have given their all, and boy is this good.
Tesla vs Lovecraft does have its tiny niggles. Levels can be a bit too easy and end just as you’re getting warmed up. That being said later in the game the difficulty does ramp up, but you’re done and dusted after a minute or two of each arena. Also, some weapons are just not as effective as the one you may be currently holding. You’ll need to dodge some weapons as there are ones that just don’t cut it. Luckily re-starts are quick if you do opt for a lesser weapon. Thankfully a lengthy story mode, survival mode, online leaderboards and the chance to blast monsters in local co-op for 2-4 players really make up for any tiny faults.
Tesla vs Lovecraft is electrifying. If you’re looking for a new twin stick shooter you can’t go wrong with this unlikely duo.
Lizard Rating: 8.5/10