Review: ‘Lovely Planet 2: April Skies’ (PC)

Review: ‘Lovely Planet 2: April Skies’ (PC) LOVELY PLANET

"Retro 3D FPS." What does that mean? There’s no single word for that. But apparently there is a pastel colored version: Lovely Planet 2: April Skies.

You’re ….. huh, I never thought of what I was. Anyway, you’re armed with an arrow like thing that shoots pink things to help enemies around. That’s the story really. You’re jumping around shooting working fast to get to the next level. For games like this story can be sacrificed in place of speed-running a shoot-fest. So yeah, the story of ‘shoot the enemy while jumping’ works fine.

The controls on the PC weren’t too bad. Yeah, it’s 3D, and you get some awkward angles when trying to shoot rouge apple-like things, but it manages to work. Beyond that, there’s only a few buttons to memorize, so it’s pretty much intuitive. Works though!

The arts and graphics are both bare and dated. Colors are pretty single shaded, so it’s just globs of colors in largely geometric shapes. But there’s charm to it. The colors are pretty bright, and enemies come up as bright and vibrant. They aren’t essential to the game, especially since it’s played through so fast, but it’s both generic and fun - which is honestly the right mix here.

Gameplay is simply shooting and jumping. That’s it. You progress through dozens of levels in lots of lands, but it’s only the layouts and time that changes. And that’s fine, because the challenge changes. So gameplay is okay, as are things like the shooting mechanics. But it feels like nothing is changing aat the same time everything is changing.

The music and the sound are busy. Like, sugary busy. The music is frantic, upbeat, slightly digital music. It’s actually quite perfect with the timing and the speed of the game. Sounds are almost standard beeps and boops but with this almost echo-like flair. All in all, it’s unique and simple, and works.

Trying to spot a glitch or lag in Lovely Planet 2 is difficult. Everything is going and turning and shooting through different levels. Glitches pass by without notice and any lag is really out there and may seem earned. It does lag at times it gets busy, but it also helps with aim.

Lovely Planet 2 is a game that looks older and cutesy, but requires the timing and skill of any modern game. It’s fun and addictive. The visuals are a bit oft-putting (especially some of the single shaded enemies), but in time you find yourself wanting to keep moving on up. Lovely Planet 2 is worth it, if you can survive the cuteness.

Final Score: 7 out of 10

A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of review.

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