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Review: Nephenthesys


Posted on January 18, 2024 by fncwill

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5.5/10

Summary

Nephenthesys is a game that tries to be a homage to the arcade shoot’em up genre, but it ends up being a mediocre and forgettable copy. The game does not have any features that make it stand out or memorable, and it does not have any fun or excitement. The game is not worth your time or money, unless you are a die-hard fan of the genre or you are looking for a mindless and easy way to kill some time.

Developer – Let’s Dev Studios, Eastasiasoft Limited

Publisher – Eastasiasoft Limited

Platforms –  PS4/5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S,PC (Reviewed)

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Usually when Eastasiasoft reaches out with a new game to review, I’m beyond stocked as there one of my favorites, And when I saw the Press release for Nephenthesys and it being an arcade shoot’em up, that I loved going to my local arcade to play as a kid, I was excited to dig deeper … Unfortunately for the first time I wasn’t overly impressed, and Nephenthesys isn’t the game I’d wanna be spending my few arcade tokens on.

Nephenthesys is a game that attempts to emulate the classic arcade shoot’em up genre but offers nothing more than a bland and monotonous experience. The game has six features that are supposed to make it stand out, but none of them are particularly impressive or original.

The game’s premise is simple: you control a ship that shoots at enemies while dodging their bullets. The game’s graphics are decent, but nothing to write home about. The game’s sound effects and music are bland and forgettable. The game’s difficulty is uneven, with some stages being too easy and others being too hard. The game’s controls are responsive, but the hitboxes are sometimes unfair.

The game offers four different ships to choose from, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. However, the differences between them are not very significant, and they all feel more or less the same. The game’s power-ups are also limited and uninspired, consisting of only three types: wider shots, special bombs, and shields.

The game’s enemies are varied and colorful, but they are also predictable and boring. They follow the same patterns and behaviors, and they rarely pose a threat. The game’s power-ups are scattered throughout the stages, but they are not very useful or satisfying. The game’s scoring system is also simplistic and uninteresting.

The game’s stages are diverse and detailed but also linear and restrictive. They do not offer any exploration or interaction, and they are filled with obstacles and hazards that are more annoying than challenging. The game’s backgrounds are also static and dull, and they do not match the tone or theme of the game.

The game’s bosses are large and impressive, but they are also repetitive and tedious. They have the same basic attacks and weak points, and they do not require any strategy or skill to defeat. The game’s boss battles are also too long and drawn out, and they do not offer any reward or satisfaction.

The game’s story is minimal and irrelevant, and it is told through brief and boring dialogue between the characters. The game’s characters are flat and clichéd, and they do not have any personality or development. The game’s plot is also nonsensical and unoriginal, and it does not have any twists or surprises.

Nephenthesys is a game that tries to be a homage to the arcade shoot’em up genre, but it ends up being a mediocre and forgettable copy. The game does not have any features that make it stand out or memorable, and it does not have any fun or excitement. The game is not worth your time or money unless you are a die-hard fan of the genre or you are looking for a mindless and easy way to kill some time.

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