Switch version tested
Review code provided
Panda Indie Studios and eastasiasoft presents Project Starship, an arcade shoot ‘em up bullet hell game. It definitely fits the arcade genre but this is one odd one to call. Anyway, let’s stop stalling and get to it.
Pick your player, Garret or Gwen then begin! I’m already feeling the simple bit type arcade music in the background. I’m starting on easy mode but the other option is hard mode. As soon as the game starts I’m seeing some familiar sights. A couple Twitter friends were posting their high scores so I hope to get in on that action. Once the game picks up after a few screens I’m left thinking, “what is going on?”. The art style is bizarre. The graphics are not the most impressive and appear to be created using Microsoft paint. Voice over is annoying for both characters. Any time you snag a power-up they shout whatever it may be, which is annoying because they are prevalent.
At first, the game has some soft house music but then turns a bit slow and odd. It changes a bit but quickly loses the appeal it first had. I’m not sure what items I’m collecting do at all. I have a TV that apparently doesn’t work, what am I supposed to do with this? Any time an item is found it replaces what was previously found and placed in the top right corner.
There can be a fair bit of dead space at times which is a game killer. It causes beats of silence that cause the player to just wait. Shots are not satisfying in the least bit. Shots sound like soft bass rumbles, the enemy does not make a sound once they are hit, the controller doesn’t vibrate, and once enemies go down they just explode into bullets. Controls are okay, Gwen seems to move faster than Garret and gameplay with her is much easier. If you hold down A the entire game slows down. I figured if anything would slow down it would just be the ship but that is not the case for Project Starship.
Switch it up to hard mode and all hell breaks loose. Bullets litter the screen leaving no hope to survive. Holy Toledo! Pressing down the slow down button isn’t helping. Game overs are abundant on my screen. I did not get far enough to notice the dead space again. The game is not very motivating to keep at it, nor is it drawing me back in to play again. I’m pretty disappointed with my experience playing Project Starship. I hadn’t previously seen any video footage of the game but from screenshots I had a completely different idea of what gameplay would be.
Although my Twitter friends influenced me to dive into Project Starship I will not be partaking in the high score battles. I’m not drawn to continue playing but not motivated to improve. Sadly I did not have fun playing and would not recommend Project Starship.
TBG Score: 3/10
Platform: Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 14/02/2020
No. of Players: 1
File Size: 113 MB
Category: Action, Arcade
Developer: Panda Indie Studios
Download link: eShop