Reviews and Problems with Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
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4 May 2012
Conclusion: You know that point in history when we discovered America then fought in the Interstellar War? Yeah, that was pretty cool. Developers Final Form Games have created a colorful recreation of that war and named it Jamestown. Based upon the British colony of the same name, "Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony" is a steampunk styled vertical shoot'em up that gives plenty of variety while offering a very tough experience that will keep fans of the franchise busy for a...
Conclusion: Its nice to know that there are people out there that still believe we need games like this one. Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony is a lot of fun and it gets way better if you play it with friends. If it weren't for the weird controls, this would have made a much better impression.
Pros: Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony has a particular visual style that makes it stand out. Maybe it's the 16-bit graphics or the hectic action on the screen, but it has a strong personality. Also, the music is outstanding for an indie game. It fits perfectly in battles and in menus, and the sound effects are convincing.
Cons: There is only one problem with Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony and that is the control scheme. For some unknown reason, indie developers can't seem to get this aspect right. In this case, Final Form Games chose to implement a lag between the action of the player, albeit on keyboard or with a mouse, and the movement of the ship. I guess it's supposed to give the impression of mass to the ship, but it makes the gameplay cumbersome and it's the main reason I died, a...
Excerpt: Welcome to the dance of death. The setting is a steampunk alternate history in which the British have colonized the New World (Mars, obviously) and are being attacked by the Spanish and their Martian allies. Now it is up to the exiled Sir Walter Raleigh and his three Victorian comrades to uncover the mystery of Roanoke and vanquish the Spanish conquistadors.
Excerpt: Ah, the old school. You know where you are with the old school, don’t you? The comforting feel of a rubber key; the reassuring beep of an internal speaker; the familiar aching muscles in your forearm after a furious waggling session (fnar!); the homely sight of your TV screen filled with monochrome bad guys, bullets, and other jagged pixels you can’t identify. Halcyon days indeed – especially if you’re an old codger like myself.
Pros: Nice graphics and music., Great setting and story., Ticks all SHMUP boxes.
Excerpt: What makes Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony such an exciting entry in a genre long on the decline is the way it embraces retro ideas without interrupting them with convoluted gimmicks or attempts to fix what isn’t broken. Yearning for the design of late-90’s Shmups, most notably those within Treasure’s fine catalogue, Jamestown is informed by a whimsical premise, matched by pure, refined gameplay.
Excerpt: Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony is a shoot ‘em up that has a bit of an odd premise. It takes place during the 17th Century, and involves a British colonization of a new world, but the only thing is: the “world” is Mars!
Conclusion: The Short Version: Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony is a charming, challenging and thoroughly worthwhile SHMUP. It's an arcade classic for the new decade - and you'll be hard-pressed to find better on the PC.
Pros: Authentic arcade thrills with a new twist, Beautiful and unique artwork, Great value as well as quality
Cons: No online multiplayer, Have you ever tried to fit four players around one monitor..., ...when at least one person has to use the keyboard?
Summary: With a great soundtrack and a huge amount of replayability, Jamestown offers a lot to the shmup-addicted while creating an easy and compelling way in for the more inexperienced player. Highscore hunger can be sated on a huge scale in both single- and multi-player via well thought-out chain mechanics, with leaderboards available for every level and difficulty. Gauntlet mode wants to kill your very soul (with love).