Indie Games Spotlight for January 29th, 2012

By mancide , 4 years ago
P3 takes you on a nano-sized adventure with big challenges.

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P3 is an intense twin-stick shooter where you pilot your nano-ship inside a petri dish to protect the nucleus at the center from hordes of invading bacteria. Collect energy from dead bacteria to keep the nucleus powered up, and use power ups, mines, and extra lives to blast your way through 14 tough waves.

RELEASE DATE: 1/3/2012
DEVELOPER: BatCat Games
GENRE: Shooter

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Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
I don't think anyone can create a dual-stick shooter without being compared to Geometry Wars, and rightly so; that is the first game that came to mind while I was playing P3. However, what sets P3 apart from Geometry Wars is the slight tweaking of the gameplay to introduce waves of enemies, as well as adding the element of protecting the center nucleus from the attacking bacteria as well.

The graphics in P3 are top-notch; they are some of the best I have seen in an XBLIG title. The controls are tight, something that is imperative in a dual-stick shooter to keep you from becoming frustrated. I think the wave-based gameplay adds an interesting release to the build up in the level of tension, and allows you to catch your breath, if just momentarily, before diving back into the next crazy wave. The inclusion of the protection element also adds an interesting challenge, as not only are you attempting to dodge any harm that comes the way of your nano-ship, you also have to keep the nucleus from taking too much damage during the wave.

Overall, P3 is a fantastic little dual-stick shooter that challenges the norms for this genre and brings an interesting twist to the gameplay that we have seen thus far. Couple that with the extremely low price of 80 MSP, and you can add another addicting dual-stick shooter to your collection.

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mancide
Written by mancide
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