Originally posted October 3rd 2015 on the Seafoam Gaming forums
System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: 5/14/2015
The main game/story
With yet another 2D arcade-style shooter developed by Puppygames, you take control of a robot tasked with seeking vengeance for the fall of mankind, as you go around and destroy as many evil robots as possible! A rather simple story, like all arcade-style games.
With an art style very similar to that of Titan Attacks (The previous game that was made by PG which Curve published), the game looks fine, although the game loves to constantly use special effects whether you may like them or not, from a distorted screen to all sorts of things flying by that will likely distract you from the main objective.
Music and Sound:
With a much better soundtrack compared to Titan Attacks, we have a techno-themed OST with a few catchy songs to help keep you going. Nothing mind-blowing, but thankfully it works and is a massive improvement over the prior effort.
Being a twin-stick shooter, the core gameplay is incredibly simple, with you moving with the left stick while shooting with the right. Similar to Titan Attacks, you also can save in-game currency to buy powerups at the shop in-between each level, which can make the difference in surviving the harsh conditions of later levels in the game and help to get you a high score. There’s even two player Co-Op if you want a buddy to join you for the action, along with online leaderboards which are nice touchies that help add to the replay value!
Still, despite how fun this game can be with a friend, it feels kinda bland when playing alone, with each session having a slow start to it that only picks up once you grind for upgrades long enough, making it feel rather boring for quite a while until the action gets going, despite the ability to continue at a later stage in the game It’s a game that while fun, challenging and chaotic, takes way too long to engage the player, and considering how it’s meant as a high score experience to be replayed over and over again to get a better spot on the leaderboards, that’s not a good thing, especially considering its standard $9.99 price tag on the Wii U eShop.
In conclusion, Ultratron is a rather strange game. On one hand, you have a simple concept that anyone can pick up and play, and the Co-Op is addicting! But on the other, you have a game that takes a while to get going and may not appeal to those hoping for their $9.99 to offer a lot of content. If you are a fan of these arcade style shooters, I strongly encourage you to wait for a price drop before checking this out, as right now it’s too pricey to recommend. I give Ultratron a 6 out of 10.