Simplicity. Sometimes a simplistic concept can be an amazing one. Take this game for example. A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! takes the shoot 'em up genre and doesn't try to clone geometry wars, doesn't try to make a next-gen Galaga, and doesn't try to innovate the genre with some fancy new gimmick. It just took everything you would expect a shooter to be and put it into one pretty little package. A $2 package that's worth every penny.
A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! (PSP Minis)
The game succeeds by adding a little bit of style while not breaking tradition. You're given comic style cut-scenes at the beginning and before each boss fight which act like mini-rewards simply for playing the game. They're just comic panels but they're fully voiced comic panels. Hearing the hero say "I pee everywhere to mark my territory... though I sometimes do it sitting down" makes it hard not to crack a smile. You should know that these scenes may contain some swearing, but profanity has never bothered me and the fact that they were bleeped just made me giggle even more.
There are two different types of stages within the 18 different levels you can enter. There's boss stages that I mentioned earlier where you'll be given a brief story, take out the alien, and get a weapon upgrade. Then there's the question mark stages where you fight a mini-boss that builds itself out of a bunch of other ships. Kind of like Megazord from Power Rangers but in space. Take it out and you'll be rewarded with more orbs. It may seem like it would be monotonous, but the ramped up difficulty is what keeps you coming back, maybe this time with a few new upgrades to kick some alien butt with. Speaking of upgrades, if you ever find the need for extra orbs there's a survival mode where you can take on enemies and use any of the orbs you collect in the campaign. Nice if you want to play for just a few minutes, or just power up your ship to pro status.
THE VERDICT - A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!
Reviewed by Destin Legarie