One of the best-looking shooters ever released, The Reap from Finnish developer Housemarque features stunning visual effects and huge 3D-modelled levels spanning four worlds. As the official blurb says, the game uses "...rendered graphics to represent Desert, Underwater City, Ice Cave and futuristic Metropolis environments, with each world host to superb full-screen animations. Unique light sourcing creates an ambient background atmosphere and highlights an attention to detail seldom seen in PC entertainment software." |
But graphics, as countless examples have shown, cannot save a game if it is no fun to play. Fortunately, The Reap not only lives up to Housemarque's early reputation as the maker of those Stardust games, but also exceeds it. Although four worlds may sound too few for a SHMUP game, each world is so large and so difficult that it will take expert gamers a few hours (and blistered thumbs) to get through. Dozens of special effects and a catchy soundtrack round off this highly-polished underdog that is a good example of how good-looking a PC game can be without sacrificing speed or playability – and that is no small feat given 1997 hardware. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Underdogs