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Geometry Wars: Galaxies Review

Hit the high scores

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.

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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.

Do The Maths

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.

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  1. greeneggsandham Friday 18th Jan 2008 at 14:02

    this game to me looks immense.
    so simply. yet so immersive.


    Ł24.99 is obviously steep with reference to the XBLA version but heck, i'm off to the shops!

  2. YAYFORNINTENDO Friday 18th Jan 2008 at 16:45

    wow that looks cool
    on play.com its only 17.99 instead of 40 !

  3. Cybermaster Saturday 19th Jan 2008 at 14:19

    It was majorly under-rated.

    More like 90%.

  4. Nintymat Sunday 20th Jan 2008 at 17:28

    I wasn't going to get it, but i think i'll pick this up with the spare money left from my birthday.

  5. fadecy Monday 21st Jan 2008 at 23:39

    I want it just for the shineyness ^_^
    Can you use a gamecube controller or does it have to be classic?

  6. uster dog Monday 28th Jan 2008 at 18:23

    what a shooter :!: it makes your head hurt & your eyes bleed & it's sooooooooo much better on the wii than the xbox360 :!: ok it may look 2D but it's got it were it counts 8)

  7. Sharpy Sunday 24th Feb 2008 at 21:30

    I got the DS one. Cheaper and there are no control issues.

  8. Akorn Sunday 24th Feb 2008 at 21:32

    I've only played the DS version but it definately deserves 85% at least, even considering the significant lagging.

  9. Anonymous Thursday 17th Jul 2008 at 13:21

    im 40th in the world 17/07/08. i play it every week!

  10. offscott Thursday 4th Jun 2009 at 17:49

    Very good game, but I think there should be different themes and there should be like an adventure mode to it as well. I think

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