War is Bullet Hell
There are a wide array of enemy vehicles. Tanks, planes, boats, bigger planes and bosses. No worries, you have the typical arsenal of rapid fire machine guns, spread shot, grenades and lasers. And if that wasn't enough, you can summon a squadron of helper planes to help you completely annihilate everything on the screen.
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Art and Design
From start to finish the game is a loving tribute to the genre. I have seen a lot of games that claim to emulate the bullet hell genre or other classic arcade games such as Metal Slugs. None of those games come close to what Twin Tiger Sharks has achieved.
It is more than clear that the developers of this game have spent countless hours in the arcades of the early 90's, spending quarter after quarter. Not only does it look good and sound good, it plays extremely well.
The games features a "Dodge" mechanic that is seamlessly implemented into the game. By moving left or right, your plane tilts on it's axis. Do this at the right time and you can bypass incoming bullets. This mechanic is a wonderful and simple new addition that adds a bit more depth to the typical shoot everything on screen.
Another interesting game mechanic in Twin Tiger Shark is the "Helper Planes" power-up. Once collected, a squadron of planes will join you. They fire machine guns non-stop and follow your lead. Not only do they help you clear the screen of enemies, they also act as shield, absorbing one hit for you before going down.
There was one issue I ran into. I played Twin Tiger Shark on my PC. The game is compatible with a USB controller. For some reason I could not get my controller to work, so i was forced to use the keyboard. This isn't a reason to not like the game, just an issue I encountered. Not a deal breaker at all, just keep that in mind.
Some features that I would like to see is, an option to add continues to your play through, A stage select and a free play mode where you have unlimited lives. Offering up some sort of customization to the way you play can add a lot of replay value. Not to mention it would allow me to practice so I can get past the first stage.
King of the Skies
The highest score I got in the first stage (1-1) was 367,700. Think you can beat that?