Earth Atlantis is a beautiful side scrolling exploration shooter that certainly doesn’t float away into the sea of other similar games. In Earth Atlantis you play as a underwater vessel that has to explore under the vast ocean to hunt down huge beasts. Its a side scrolling shooter with the progression being unlocking new vessels and a new game mode. At its core its a simple game as you travel around and shoot monsters and collecting power ups for your sub. Each power up comes in the form of bubbles with letters on them that are produced when destroying a creature. My favourite power up was the homing torpedo. What makes the power ups better is that the more of the same letter you collect the stronger the power up is. The controls are smooth and the game is challenging enough to keep me interested on its own however throw in the art style and it makes this game so much better.
The game looks like it has been hand drawn onto paper and reminds me of when I used to doodle huge scenes onto the middle of my work book when I was in school. Its beautiful. The many different robotic creatures that swim around trying to destroy you look very well done and the larger bosses you need to defeat all have the same amazing detail put into the drawings. Done let the fact that colour doesn’t really play a part in this game as its the same two colours all the way through. It really didn’t effect me in the slightest as I enjoyed the game regardless.
the music however for me seemed a bit too repetitive and I got bored of it quite quickly. Luckily Xbox has the ability to play spotify in the background whilst playing games so I could put on a more immersive soundtrack. This is just a minor draw back however and it didnt impact me too heavily when playing the game.
The game has a campaign mode and a hunter mode which you unlock during the campaign. The game modes are pretty much what there name suggests. Hunter mode gives you a time limit in order to get as many targets as you can in that time. Obviously you have a three tier difficulty too which will have people coming back to try and clock all three of them. At around the £12 mark you cant really go wrong getting this little shooter into your library. We all have days where we turn the console on and think “I don’t really have time to play a large game on” Earth Atlantis is the perfect game for this situation.