9 years ago
Geometry Wars got it's start as a mini-game in Project Gotham Racing 2 for Xbox 360, then it evolved into a stand-alone Xbox Live game, and now we have this disc-based Wii port. It's a simple, flashy top-down shooter where you navigate your ship in all 8 directions firing at enemies within a confined space (envision Tempest and Asteroids smashed together with neon fireworks everywhere). The graphics are attractive, but very basic--comprised entirely of colorful, wire-frame characters of geometrical shape. The trancey electronic music serves as a fitting soundtrack to all the space-themed chaos.
There are three modes of play: Galaxies, Retro Evolved, and Multiplayer. Galaxies is the 1-player campaign mode--where you destroy enemies to collect "geoms" to buy helper satellites and open up new solar systems / planets. Each stage features increasingly clever twists...such as asteroid waves, mines, maze-like walls, ect. The levels never end; the goal is to simply accumulate points and survive as long as possible. Retro Evolved mimics the original Xbox Live game, and is a stripped down version of Galaxies mode without geoms or planet unlocking. Multiplayer is similar to Retro Evolved, only it's for 2 players (co-op or challenge).
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a great old-school style shooter, and it's every bit as difficult. You'll need a lot of skill and patience to unlock everything in Galaxies mode. As such, the replay value will vary depending on how much you like these type of games. Still, I recommend it for some quick shooting fun...especially with the Classic controller.
yes: I recommend this product