Pilot a jumping tank through a maze of underground caverns and dungeons in search of new abilities you'll need to progress deeper into the levels. Each upgrade is hidden out of reach of your tank, and can only be obtained after exploring on foot. (This game is inspired by a certain NES game which I love)
SPECIAL NOTE: 2 Free keys to anyone that agrees to make a youtube video of the game!
let me start off with this: I am first and foremost a PC-gamer, always has been and always will be
being a PC-gamer means that I am used to "tweaking" and "modifying" my games
as I first booted Helena the 3rd, I noticed the lack of full-screen
this to me is a huge drawback in any game I play on my PC
fortunately I have programs to resolve this, hence I used a third-party program (gamecompanion)
now, although I may be a PC-gamer, I still believe that games such as this is best played with a 360-controller
thus I noticed that there is no customization for the controls and the button-placement was not to my liking
this I (once again) resolved through a third-party program (xpadder), not only due to the button-placing, but most importantly the fact that I was unable to invert the y-axis
I can somewhat relate to un-inverted being the "norm", but in the same way that right-handed is "the norm", there need be options available for those who do not fall into this
these issues would be game-breaking to me, had I not known how to fix them
hence the statement of me being first and foremost a PC-gamer
hence I will choose not to let those issues drag down the overall score by the same amount I would, had I not known how to fix them
there are some "iffy" collision-detection in the game (mainly the bushes), which (to some extent) is understandable due to the way those models are made (hit-boxes)
the platforming element (in third-person) can sometimes be tricky, due to being difficult to determine depth, but practice it long enough and you'll get a hang of it
apart from those "issues", this feel like a solid title to me
I do not find any reason to bash/praise the graphics, nor sound in this game, since I think that the overall aesthetics fit this game perfectly
the overall gameplay is satisfying and doesn't try to take itself "too serious" - this feels like a light-hearted (gaming-) experience, that I can easily pick up and play for half-an-hour or so the time
While it really needs a controller with Joy-to-key to play properly, it's actually a load of fun. Those of us who remember the original Blaster Master will be pleasantly surprised at the way Helena the 3rd brings the sensibilities of the original game into a more modern interpretation. It has a neat combination of Metroidvania style gameplay and FPS/3PS mechanics.
Fans of Blaster Master will really enjoy this game! It has a hovering tank in both 2D/3D modes, and now it has a multiplayer mode via IP address. I especially like the dynamic resizable window; it makes the game much easier to play in Windows 7. I do have to mention that the sprite animations could use some more polish, but it's not a deal-breaker. This game is definitely worth a buy!
I absolutely love the idea of 3d to 2d gameplay It pretty much blew my mind. I only have the demo and its showed me how awesome the game really is. I hope to buy the full game, and see exactly how great it is, demo brought it to 8, and pretty sure full game will take it to 9/10 or maybe even 10/10.