The reason why I’ll never be a member of any country’s airforce is because I’ve clocked most of my flight hours during my time with the ever enjoyable SHMUP genre. The fact that real life fighter jets don’t have simple control schemes and unlimited multi-colored bullets is a huge barrier for me, so I guess I’ll have to stick to playing games like Frantic 3.
Frantic 3 tells the tale of a super plane (not unlike the type mentioned above) that’s forced into a civil war of sorts with other super planes. Because super planes tend to have barracuda like negotiation skills, they’re forced to settle the score by flying towards each other and shooting round after round of Skittle-like balls of laser. Unfortunately for our particular super jet protagonist, this conflict is a solo operation.
That is not to say that the fight is uneven, not by a long shot. Even though the super planes you pilot (you have a couple different choices at the beginning ranging from quick fighters to plodding bombers) tend to explode, the pilot is apparently invincible and has access to an unlimited supply of super planes. Additionally, these super planes can be upgraded with all kinds of neat super plane accessories like lasers that shoot straight and lasers that shoot at different angles. You can also equip support items, like magnets (for catching the giant gold bullion that spills out of a defeated enemy) and a bigger energy bar for your super plane’s super weapon.
It’s a minimalist SHMUP, but one that’ll get you prepared in case a situation such as the one featured in Frantic 3 actually occurs. I imagine the light show in the sky would be absolutely stunning, but you wouldn’t want to stand out there for too long once the flaming super plane debris starts falling from the heavens.
Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.