Feral Fury is a twin-stick shooter developed by Scandivania Games who i started to like just by their logo. A teddy bear sewing up its insides. The game starts with an ominous black screen with just the traditional “press A to start”. Normally there is a title screen here or some sort of animation or anything so it’s a little concerning for an indie game. After starting the game you get a short cut-scene showing hundreds of Pandas lined up with guns in what looks like an invasion.
For me these two things were really the only shortfalls of the game as a whole. The black intro screen was a minor hiccup to me albeit the first time I loaded it up I was confused that I missed something. The lack of a story from the beginning was a little confusing. It made it hard to tell whether or not I was invading a planet or I was attacking invaders/enemies StarShip Troopers style.
Getting past the minor bumps the game is great! You’re dropped into a random level every time fighting different enemies at every level. There are 15 procedurally-generated stages split into 5 chapters with loads of power-ups and weapons to pick up and unlock on the way. You start off with a pistol, can pick up a second to dual-weild for a short time and then you can move on up to plasma rifles, miniguns, flame throwers and grenade launchers to name a few.
You also can unlock helmets that give you bonuses such as “orbs don’t disappear” and “critters are friendly”. The latter I still don’t really know what it did for me. There are secret stages, unlockable characters and a daily run to compete against friends on the leaderboards to provide endless replay value and fun. Where other twin shooters have issues (for me) are when you’re trying to aim and can’t get the angle properly. Feral Fury has a nice auto-aim feature that helps a LOT by snapping the aim to the enemy that’s close to where you’re aiming.
After going through all this there is one thing to make sure you don’t forget. You’re a PANDA fighting against a bunch of Pigs! How great is that! Achievement hunters beware, many of the achievements require you to play through the game at hard difficulty and with the different characters so it may take a while. If quick gamerscore is what you’re looking for then you’re looking in the wrong place. The normal levels were hard enough completeing, it’ll take a long time to complete the game on Hard. One other thing to be sure to mention is that Skandivania Games is a team of 2 people and if that’s all that worked on Feral Fury that’s an amazing accomplishment and you could just imagine what could be done with a larger development group like other games.