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  • Developer: 30-50-80
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Works On: Windows 95-98, Windows XP

Another shooter from Japan, this time all the ships and ammo are comprised entirely of dots.

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  • The True Gamer

    .Shot reminds me of Galaga, an old game, much like this one, that I had for my NES system way back in the day. I loved Galaga with all my heart. Because I had grown tired of going through Mario games for the hundredth time, I needed a substitute, and Galaga looked like a good one back when I got it. Well, it turned out to be a great choice, and I played it every day for hours. Ahhhh...

    Well, here we are, many years later, and here I am, reviewing a game that is much like my favorite NES game. To get down to the point, this game is worse than Galaga. In every way. Although the graphics don't bug me, but rather remind me of the really ol' days, I believe that the sprites are too big for their own good. You have almost no freedom in this game, and it makes the whole experience seem claustrophobic.

    Even though big sprites aren't that bad, and the creators may say that they add to the challenge, there is a problem bigger than that in .shot. The game doesn't seem to keep track of your score, as far as I can tell. This takes away the greatest joy of playing a game like this: getting a very high score. That's what drove me to keep playing Galaga so much, and that basic feature isn't present in .shot.

    The final criticism I have is the sound. After playing that game for a while, your ears will be ringing. Games for the NES didn't do that. And, plus, the sounds are taken from other games that aren't even in the genre (Mario, Pac-man, etc.) In my opinion, this shows a bit of laziness on the developer's part. They should have designed, or at least picked, sounds that aren't annoying and seem to fit the atmosphere of the game.

    All that may seem bad, but the controls are good, and the game is fun, and that matters most. Just remember, before you download this, know what you're getting yourself into. I clearly didn't know when I downloaded this.

  • Gohst

    .shot is a very interesting game from Japan where you’re in a ship, consisting of dots, and you also shoot dots, and the enemy’s ships are also dots and they shoot dots too. Basically it’s just a heap of dot’s everywhere.

    The graphics are… well… they’re dots and that’s all there is, really. It’s hard to tell if they’re serious graphics, trying to see what can be done with low detail, or simply just joke graphics, making fun of higher end games of the genre.

    The game play is the same. I don’t know if I should rate it high for originality of presentation or low because of its simplistic nature. Basically it plays like any other shooter type game but it’s just more blocky than other games.

    There’s no music and only really old style sound effects, so there’s little indication there of whether it’s a parody or not, but in the end, does it matter?

    No, it doesn’t matter if this game is serious or if it’s taking the Mickey. It’s just a game to play for a little while, if you are interested in that sort of thing.

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