Nomltest FS is one of the best Space Invaders clone you'll ever play, although you won't think it likely from looking at the screenshot. Although the graphics are nothing special (with sprites "ripped" from Space Invaders, no less), what makes Nomltest FS unique and addictive is the cool gameplay modes. The best of these is the "eat bullet" feature: you can 'eat' enemy bullets by capturing them, and holding down both shoot keys expands your eat radius (although slowing you down). Shooting bigger enemies is worth more points, but you can get huge bonus points from clearing whole waves of smaller enemy ships. |
Like all addictive shooters, it is rather hard for me to explain what makes Nomltest FS work: suffice it to say that I spent almost three hours playing this small < 300 KB gem when I first came across it – something I haven't done for a very long time (well, not since Gunroar anyway). The game is much deeper than it first appears – I am still trying to figure out how the "Kuidaore Rule" really works (apparently, it has to do with matching bullet colors to your ship's color, which you can change at will). And while the graphics are not much to look at, the gameplay is fast and furious, and the music quite catchy. Last but not least, the game saves your replays, making it easy for SHMUP masters to boast their achievements publicly ;) All in all, a wonderful underdog that definitely belongs in every SHMUP fan's collection. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs