In Andrade Games retro-like WW1 hardcore bullet hell game “1917: The Alien Invasion DX” you blast and dodge your way through waves of enemies, bosses and bullets. That sounds pretty easy and straight forward right? Well, it’s easier said than done.

1917 the alien invasion dx firing pattern

There are no game over screens in “1917 The Alien Invasion DX”, and good thing that, because you will die a lot in this game.

You see, there are people who are good at bullet hell games, and then there is me. So having an infinite amount of lives, just a death counter, letting two things to happen at the same time would be preferable in my case. Well, you got all of that in “1917: The Alien Invasion DX”. Even so, I still had to give the game everything I had in-order to get anywhere (as I mentioned earlier, I’m not the best of shoot-em-up players).

1917 the alien invasion dx secondary fire

There are eight stages and eight bosses in total in “The Alien Invasion DX”. That might not sound as much, but trust me, there’s a big challenge to be found in this game.

Simply put, “The Alien Invasion DX” is the kind of game that let’s you know that you need to Git Gud (lke me) if you can’t make it to the end of the game, and it does so all while rubbing it in how much you suck at the game (how much you have failed throughout the game).

1917 the alien invasion dx the story and loading screens

It’s via the loading screens that “Alien Invasion DX” presents its story to the players.

As for the game’s story, it is in the loading screens where the story happens, which is a good thing because otherwise, I would have no chance at keeping up with it. However, that makes it so that there are a lot of loading screens, as there is a good amount of story to be found in “Alien Invasion DX”, and that means that there are a lot of wait time to be found in the game. Then again, in a game such as this, the story telling aspect isn’t even a secondary thing. I mean, I’m here to blow things up.

1917 the alien invasion dx boss fight

The gameplay is fun, and the music and sound effects are nicely done in”The Alien Invasion DX”. Andrade Games has also managed to create some really impressive and action-intense boss fights in the game.

Well, luckily enough for me (and you), there is a lot to blow up when it comes to “The Alien Invasion DX”. With massive gun power-ups that have two modes of firing, a normal blast and a power attack that knocks your plane back. Furthermore, shield pick-ups that are placed in the exact spots that they are needed. Then last but not least, comes the fun part where you have to dodge shots and learn boss mechanics and firing patterns.

1917 the alien invasion dx special attack

There are multiple planes to choose from in “The Alien Invasion DX”, you also got special attacks and a handful of power ups that you can use to improve your chances of making it through the whole game.

So, why is that part so fun then? Well, it reminds me about the classic shoot-em-up games from the 80s and 90s, and you actually have to become really good in-order to beat the game. Thus, it’s truly rewarding when you final beat a stage and a boss, because that’s when you know that you’ve become skilled enough to progress to the next level. Anyways, I think you get the idea.

So, all in all, I have to say that “1917: The Alien Invasion DX” is a pretty good and challenging bullet hell game. That’s also why I think that it’s a darn shame that there are so many loading screens to be found in the game, because that slows down the gameplay experience. As a matter of fact, I would most likely have given the game a 4/5 grade instead of 3.5/5 grade if it hadn’t been for all those loading screens.

Nevertheless, “The Alien Invasion DX” is still worth picking up for the Nintendo Switch, because just like I stated before. “The Alien Invasion DX” is a really entertaining and challenging bullet hell shoot-em-up, so the game should fit well with everyone who enjoys old-school-like shoot-em-up games.

Pros:
+ Fun gunplay
+ Power-ups placed nicely
+ no game overs
+ Music and sound effects are nicely done
+ Multiple planes to choose from

Cons:
– A lot of loading screens

Gameplay: 4/5
Graphics: 4/5
Sound/music: 3.5/5
Controls: 4/5
Replayability: 4/5
Story: 3/5

tgg grade 3.5 out of 5

Verdict: 3.5/5
If you are new to bullet hell style games or wanting to check one out, this is the game for you. As 1917 – The Alien Invasion will let you die over and over again while the only punishment is starting the level over with no power-ups. In all ways, the game is fun and makes me want to play more of this genre and see more from this company. Even so, I just wish that there had been less loading screens to be found in the game, because all those loading screens slow down the gameplay experience.

Title: 1917: The Alien Invasion DX
Developer: Andrade Games
Format: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Shoot-em-up
Resolution: 720p/1080p
Release date: 2018-06-14
Difficulty: Normal
Spent time: +6 hours
Average grade internationally: N/A
PEGI age rating: +12
Price: 7,99 USD via the Nintendo Eshop

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