Zelda. Metroid. Mario. A tiny see-through ship that has no animation and explodes if so much as a crisp packet fluttering through the breeze touches it. The latter is not your usual videogame icon but Geometry Wars: Galaxies isn't your usual videogame, ditching plot, characterisation and other such nonsense for an addictive leaderboard chase.
The premise is simple enough. You control a ship that has three controls: fire, move and smart bomb. As enemies constantly spawn in greater numbers, you have to clear them to build up your multiplier and your score. As the screen gets swamped in more enemies, Chernobyl explosions fizz all over and your poor, poor eyes are left trying to unpick the mental discotheque mess to figure out where you are and to plan your next move.
Rather than swishing around a boxed arena as in the original, there are different planets which contain their own variants. Triangle arenas, split up arenas, arenas with enemies passing through rather than bouncing around inside, there's plenty here for gamers to blast their way through.
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Kuju has also added a drone to fight alongside you. While the initial drone hesitantly fires shots, you can buy different behaviours for them while building them up so they become more efficient. Unfortunately, you can't buy a drone that makes using the Wii Remote any fun - count the times you swear in resigned frustration when an enemy slips past your haphazard aiming to collide into your ship - but as an evolution of a strong title, adding drones is a gamble that pays off.
It's not great value for money though. £24.99 might seem inexpensive for a Wii game but Geometry Wars originally cost roughly two quid on Xbox Live Arcade. Then consider it plays best with the Classic Controller and the fact that you need the DS version of Geometry Wars: Galaxies to unlock an extra set of levels and you could be paying over £50 to get the most out of the game. Suddenly, the comparison to Zelda, Metroid and Mario isn't quite as favourable.
Having said that, due to its online leaderboards, Geometry Wars: Galaxies is horribly addictive and purist shooter fans will love it.