We’ve given this Bangai-O Spirits a little air time in the past. I’ve picked it up at Target for $15. (They have a cheap DS section now, $10-$20.) From Wikipedia: “Bangai-O Spirits is a side-scrolling shooting game with free-scrolling levels that extend horizontally and vertically. The player controls a robot with the ability to fly, but is still affected by gravity. He has seven weapons to choose from, and can perform melee attacks using a baseball bat or sword.”
I haven’t done this for a while, but that doesn’t mean there are a bunch of games on my radar. (Gamedar, if you will) The one highlighted this week is Bangai-O Spirits. I was blissfully unaware of anything about this title until I read Tim Rogers’ review over at Action Button. A good read, if you can get past the weird sex metaphors.
After reading such phrases as “Bangai-oh Spirits is “Brain Training” for God” and “Bangai-O Spirits is a puzzle game, a shooting game, a fighting game, an MMORPG. It is Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter III at the same time…” (you get the idea.) I was intrigued. So I did a little research:
1UP has a preview and you can see a bunch of videos, including some gameplay videos over at Game Trailers. I can’t tell if this game is nothing but a cluster of unplayable, uncontrollable madness or pure gaming heaven. I mean, you can use a baseball bat to deflect missiles! Who does that? Who thinks of that? It’s insane.
Bullets bouncing of walls ballistically and barreling into barricades, blowing them away? Sold!
Seriously, what other shoot-em-up has baseball bats?!