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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:58:21 AM
Another classic arcade game type is the overhead-scrolling space shooter. Basically you're in a spaceship advancing forward, and you have to both defend yourself from enemy attacks and defeat level bosses. A variety of different armor and weapon enhancements are also offered as you go along. If you've ever owned a game console system or spent any time at an arcade in the late 1980s, you have played one of these kinds of games before.
Chromium BSU is a spectacular modern incarnation of the overhead scrolling shooter. The graphics, sound, and music are outstanding, and the gameplay is challenging but not impossible. There are a few unique elements that I have found in Chromium BSU that most other overhead scrollers don't have. The first is, you can't let any of the enemy ships past you; each one will cost you one extra life. That makes the gameplay much more challenging, but you're also given something else that you don't see in a lot of space shooters: damage leeway. If you can't put enough bullets into a ship to kill it, just run into it and endure a little ship damage. You also don't have to worry too much about dodging enemy fire. Lastly, you have limited ammunition--I have never seen that in this kind of game before.
There is one redeeming element to the game's high level of challenge: the ability to start the game at the last level you completed. So if you get sick of playing after reaching level 2, you can quit the game and come back to it tomorrow and start at level 2. Sure beats feeding quarters to a machine.
You are captain of the cargo ship Chromium B.S.U., responsible for delivering supplies to our troops on the front line. Your ship has a small fleet of robotic fighters which you control from the relative safety of the Chromium vessel.
Do not let ANY enemy ships get past your fighters! Each enemy ship that makes it past the bottom of the screen will attack the Chromium, and you lose a fighter. Use your fighters as weapons! Crash into enemies to destroy them before they can get past you. A double-right-click will cause your current fighter to self-destruct. Before the ship blows up, it ejects its ammunition so that the next fighter can pick it up. This is a very nice feature which means that you won�t necessarily lose everything you have collected during the level.
Let me state that Chromium B.S.U is a very difficult game so even if you are an expert with similar games like Apogee�s Raptor you will still get more than enough challenges as it seems like enemy ships just continue to come at you. Great graphics and somewhat good sound (this part could have used more work) makes Chromium B.S.U a great arcade space shooter and if you can live with the quite high difficulty level this game is defiantly for you.
Chromium B.S.U. is an excellent vertical shooter that requires a 3D card that supports OpenGL. Inspired by classic shooter Raptor, Chromium B.S.U. is similarly fast-paced. The graphics are very nice: very detailed ships and backgrounds that are rendered very smoothly without any sacrifice in speed. Ray-traced weapon effects are especially good - missiles leave trail in the air, and explosions "light up" the area for a while. Music in the game is below average, but you can listen to your own music while you play. As someone who only plays an occasional shooter, I find the game reasonably challenging but not impossible or too easy: a good gameplay balance. The game would benefit from more variety of enemy ships (especially bosses), ability to save power-ups for use later, and a buy/sell weapon screen as seen in Raptor. Overall, though, Chromium B.S.U. is still a highly polished, very good looking freeware shooter that you should take a look if your video card meets the requirements.