You know, even though I have played tons of shoot-em-up games since the 80s (“Space Invaders”, “R-Type“, “Gradius”, “Fantasy Zone”, “Life Force“, “Thunder Force” with many more!). I still experienced one hell of a surprise when I started to play RC Knight’s twin-stick shoot-em-up “Son of Scoregasm”. You see, on the surface “Son of Scoregasm” may look like a simplified version of “Geometry Wars”, but there’s a lot more to the game than “just” that.
So don’t for one second think that “Son of Scoregasm” is going to be a “walk in the park” kind of experience, because then you’re just fooling yourself. So please allow me to explain what I mean by that. For starter, even though “Son of Scoregasm” offers three different difficulty levels (easy, normal and expert), you still won’t ever get a chance of feeling like a shoot-em-up god.
I mean, sure, I managed just fine during the first levels of the game on normal (there are 28 levels in total). However, I would soon realize that it would take a whole lot to make through the later levels even on easy (and that comes from a person who has played shoot-em-up games for +20 years. So don’t be too cocky, or you’ll end up dead in the blink of an eye!).
In the matter of fact, since it only takes one single shoot (or touch from an enemy) for you to end up dead, it sure takes crazy good skills to avoid swarm after swarm of enemies (and projectiles) that tries to kill you…But you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that, because I’m up for the challenge. So just like when I didn’t give up while playing through “Cuphead”, I didn’t toss in the towel in the case with “Son of Scoregasm” either, and good thing that. As the game is addictive and fun as hell to play.
That’s also the reason why I made fun out of myself while recording our gameplay video for “Son of Scoregasm”, because just like I mentioned before. I’ve played through tons of hard shoot-em-up games in the past. So my point would be that the young version of me has already gone through tons of bullet hell swarms, millions of enemies and plenty of bad-ass bosses before. In other words, all that I need to do was to get into my old-school shmup shape again, and that’s exactly what I did.
Well, all that blood, sweat and tears sure was worth it. Why? Because “Son of Scoregasm” has a really great balance between challenge and reward. Furthermore, the game’s quirky story and sense of humor keeps your fighting spirit and curiosity alive as you want to know how it all will end. Thus, you keep on slaying through level after level like there is no tomorrow. I would also like to point out that the boss stages gave me some of the biggest adrenaline rushes that I’ve ever experienced while playing a shoot-em-up title (or any other genre for that matter).
So, all in all, I have to say that “Son of Scoregasm” is a freaking awesome twin-stick shoot-em-up game, and I actually don’t have all that many negative things to say about the game. Truth be told, the only few issues that I experienced while playing “Son of Scoregasm” were some graphical bugs. Other than that, I just pointed out for RC Knight (the developer of “Son of Scoregasm”) that it would be great if he could crank up the in-game mouse speed (you play the game with the help of your mouse and keyboard). So he did, and the problem was solved.
Anyways, I think you get the idea. So “if” you’re a fan of twin-stick arcade shmup’s, then you most definitely don’t want to miss out on “Son of Scoregasm”. Well, at least if you don’t suffer from anger-management problems, because then there “might” be a risk of you breaking stuff if things don’t go your way (that risk well worth taking though).
+ There are tons of levels and bosses to fight
+ Intense and fun twin-stick shoot-em-up action
+ There is an online ranking’s board to be found in the game
+ The game is very addictive
+ A handful of different endings (there are seven different endings in total)
– The hard difficulty “might turn some players off
– I experienced control problems with the earlier versions of the game
– There are some graphical bugs to show up from time to time
Replay value: 4/5
“Son of Scoregasm” is what happens when you mix some of the best aspects of the golden era of shoot-em-up games from the 80s and 90s with today’s industry standards and a rather high level of difficulty. Simply put, “Son of Scoregasm” is a must play for those who love awesome and challenging shoot-em-up games.
Title: Son of Scoregasm
Developer: RC Knight
Resolution: Highest possible for PC
Release date: 2017-11-29
Spent time: +4 hours
Average grade internationally: 77.50% (the PS Vita version) via Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: +7
Price: $9.99 via Steam
Robin “V-Act” Ek
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