Originally posted November 16th 2014 on the Seafoam Gaming forums
System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: 10/30/2014
The main game/story
In this game, you take control of a mysterious guardian, who must restore balance to a ruined world. This game calls itself a “musical rail shooter,” and it pretty much is just that. It kinda reminds me of the door segment in Life Force in a first person view.
Pretty simple at first, but then the game amazes you with the variety of colors it has, along with the nice backgrounds for each of the stages. It tries to give the game a style similar to Super Hexagon, without being hard on the eyes.
Music and sound effects:
Being a music based game, it does a good job in the soundtrack. Each song gives you a sense of urgency as you rush through the insane challenges up ahead. It’s like the songs themselves are cheering you on, and while it’s hard to explain just how it does this, trust me, it doesn’t distract from the gameplay.
When you begin the game, you learn that you simply move left and right, avoiding obstacles, while shooting any hazards that come your way. Seems simple, right? Well, you are completely wrong. This game is very, very difficult. The practice levels help you get used to the level, allowing you to use checkpoints and go back to certain parts of the stage to get practice.
But the true levels will challenge even the most experience gamers on this planet. One mistake, and you go to the beginning of the stage, no matter how long it may be. This adds a LOT of tension, but also teaches the player memorization. Just like the old days of gaming, after enough attempts you’ll finally make it, which will unlock the next level. Get all four stars in a stage for bragging rights!
This game may not have that many levels, but what makes up for it is the replay value. Not only can you try to gain every star, but the inevitable retries that you’ll perform just to beat the practice versions of each level will take quite a while. Some people may not like how the game’s length is based on the difficulty, and while that’s understandable, I found it to be a good challenge, and for $4, you can’t really complain too much about the length.
In conclusion, Cosmophony is a hidden gem on the Wii U eShop. For those who like fast paced, yet fair challenges, you’ll love Cosmophony. At only $4, it’s a steal, and I really do recommend you at least give it a try. Even if you aren’t the best player out there, the practice levels should help you get used to the game. And just maybe, you’ll win that 3DS XL they are giving away to anyone who masters this game… I give Cosmophony an 8 out of 10
Thanks to Moving Player for the review code.