Review: Astro Tripper (PS3 Via PSN) by Anthony Barlow
December 29, 2008, 2:51 pm
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[By Anthony]

Over the autumn/winter period there was a hell of a lot of great releases on the PlayStation Store, but a lot of games seemed to get pushed to one side, with gamers favoring the delights of the bigger retail games rather than some of the gems on Sony’s store. Astro Tripper is one such game.Simple, fun and nice to look at Astro Tripper has all the qualities that make a great downloadable title. It’s fast paced top down gameplay is fun, albeit a little challenging at first. The gameplay is complemented perfectly by it’s precise controls, which allow players to maneuver their ship with ease, dodge enemy attacks and line themselves up perfectly for the critical blow. I often find, with games of this nature, that the twin stick control system is best used. However, in Astro Tripper this is not the case, the shooting mechanic works really well and combined with the excellent control scheme I find it almost flawless.

Graphically, this game is one of the best i’ve seen on the PSN. PomPom have used simple, yet effective visuals to create their arenas of combat and, although they may be small, they’ve packed a hell of a lot in there to make the visuals the best they can be. The only bad thing I can say about the visuals is that the enemies are a little too generic and fighting wave after wave of the same thing can get a little tedious.

The only thing that affected my experience really was the difficulty. I know that some of the old school remakes (Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Mega Man 9) have been made overly hard to keep that ‘8-bit era’ feel. I think that’s what PomPom were aiming to do here, but in my humble opinion it does nothing to enhance the experience, in fact it often takes away from it. In my experience, frustration often leads to one of two things: “i’m gonna beat this” or “i’m giving up”. In Astro Tripper’s case, sadly it’s the latter of the two choices that people (myself included) find when playing, which obviously isn’t good.

Overall the game is good, but sadly it suffers from overly difficult stages and generic looking enemies which, as you can tell, didn’t help my experience with the game. That said, I recommend it to everyone. Even with it’s flaws it remains to be a a good, fast paced, action packed game and at only £3.19, you can’t really go wrong.



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