Run 'n' gun action
with a name like this, you might not be expecting a first person shooter like Quake
, but that's exactly what you're getting. However, it's a far cry from such games in terms of visuals, and sports and attractive and stylish look that gives it a lot of personality. Fortunately, the gameplay is pretty enjoyable too, with plenty of run 'n' gun action that should keep you entertained for a while. There's little in the way of storyline to get in the way of the fun here, and your goal is simply to reach the Lovely Planet. of course, standing between you and your dream is a whole heap of nasty enemies who will do anything to stop you. Luckily though, you're equipped with a cool pair of speed boots and a big gun, and you'll need both to get you through. The difference between this game and other similar titles is that it really is a mix of jumping and shooting, sort of a cross between a platformer and a shooter, which does help to make it stand out. There are plenty of levels to battle through, with a decent amount of secrets to uncover, as well as a strangely haunting and rather abstract soundtrack. Lovely Planet is a very curious little game. It's probably not for everyone, thanks partly to the child-like visuals which make you think it's aimed at a very young audience. However, under this soft exterior is a highly compelling experience which is also very enjoyable. The mix of jumping and shooting is well handled and it feels almost like a ballet as you leap and blast your way through the world. All in all, an unusual but very rewarding experience.