Nanostray DS Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.1
Sound 7.0
Value 6.9
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
G8+
Reviewer:
Andrew B

7.0


Nanostray

Nanostray is the latest side-scrolling shooter to land on the Nintendo DS that transformers gamers into a futuristic pilot who has an arsenal of weapons at his or her disposal. With an extremely limited storyline, the idea behind this game is to shoot your way through a never-ending army of enemies that is a true nod to the original genre of side-scrolling shooters during the coin-op years.

Features

  • Upgradeable weapons and sub-weapons, boasting tons of fire power to decimate your enemies

  • Touch screen features such as boss scanning, on-the-fly weapon management, live radar and hyperspace controls

  • 10+ stages to conquer; battle through environments like subterranean minefields, arctic mountains and hell-like lava fields

  • Unlockable features and game modes add re-playability once players complete their campaign

  • 2-player co-op and head-to-head wireless functionality

  • Online ranking system via www.nanostray.com allows players to post their high scores and compete against best in the world
    From the creators of the “Iridion” Game Boy Advance series.

The gameplay of Nanostray is quite easy to master and involves the player moving side to side, either dodging enemies or engaging the enemy. There is also a plethora of powerups and weapons to found that make for some extremely entertaining gameplay with huge Hollywood style explosions and futuristic weaponry that would not look misplaced in a Star Wars film. 

The gameplay follows a variety of different missions, all involving eliminating a plethora of enemies with a variety of strange and wonderful futuristic weaponry. For that that love multiplayer, Nanostray offers a 2-play wireless mode that lets players duke it out via a competition mode to basically see which player is superior, a cool little side option that increases the longevity of this title. The beauty of the control system of Nanostray is that the gamer can use the touch screen to perform a variety of important in-game functions such as weapon management and a brilliant radar screen that can make the difference between life and death.

Graphically, the developers have done a brilliant job with Nanostray that contains a beautifully created 3D environment, although not really interacting with the gameplay, it is extremely reminiscent of games such as 1943. There is also a wide gamut of professionally created space ships with some realistic lighting and great special effects, unfortunately the frame does drop when the action heats up.

The musical score of Nanostray is straight from the 1990's and actually suits this genre perfectly which seems to what the developers have been aiming at. Match that with a variety of futuristic sound effects and explosions and the Nintendo DS is almost pushed to its extreme.

In conclusion, Nanostray is an addictive game that unfortunately suffers from a large dose of repetitiveness with the average gamer finishing this title in around 5 or so hours. Fortunately, the game contains a few extras that will ensure that you play this title again or via multiplayer. Great for those that want a game that can be finished quick, without too much thinking.

 





 
 



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