“The Unofficial Geometry Wars…3?”
An XboxHornet Review By WDesm.
Bad Egg Studios, as discussed in our recent interview, isn’t about developing the most exotic and obscure game possible, but rather focused their time refining and perfecting their entrant into the twin stick shooter genre. The result? A finished product that looks more like a souped-up version of Geometry Wars 2 than it does it anything else. But isn’t imitation the highest form of praise? It would certainly seem so….
Pew Pew Pod is a twin stick shooter overlaid with a suspiciously familiar array of neon baddies to destroy. The key trick here is that you have four distinct weapons to play with, each colour-coded to A,B,Y, or X on the 360 controller (and double-mapped to the triggers and bumpers for ease in combat), and each weapon has different spreads, mechanics, and rates of fires. The extreme variance in gun mechanics (machinegun, shotgun, torpedos, or lasers, respectively) means that the most tactical gamer will really need to know when and how to swap weapons to stay alive, and the HUD changes colour to tell you what weapon is currently selected.
Pew Pew Pod includes a total of six game modes – Arcade, a 3-minute high score fest; Survival, where staying alive is the biggest points-earner; Waypoint, where you need to tag the identified spots on the map to get points; Zones, where you earn points by staying in the randomly-spawning hotspots; ThinkFast!, where you only earn points by following the order on screen (don’t move is a killer, trust me); and Versus, a multiplayer deathmatch arena. All of the above modes can be played 2-4 local multiplayer (and, obviously, the last mode mentioned requires it), and there is a global high score leaderboard to show off your stuff.
If you’ve played Geometry Wars, then you’ll be instantly familiar with this game, and that’s not a bad thing. Pew Pew Pod is more of a good thing, and it’s well done, polished, and adds enough new content and creative gameplay to make it worth your time. The global leaderboard will give the most competitive gamer an excuse to keep playing, and the rock-bottom price will give the most frugal gamer an excuse to pick it up.
Pew Pew Pod 9/10
Watch a trailer of the game here.
Download a demo of the game here.
BONUS: Too cheap to pay 80MSPoints for Pew Pew Pod? Pick your favourite neon colour from the four available in Pew Pew Pod (just post a comment below), and a random entrant will win a copy of the game on Monday, April 5th, 2010!