Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom

Arcade 1995 Dos Dosbox Pop Software Vertical shooter

Simple but fun shooter

Despite the incredibly cheesy title which makes it sound like a 1950s horror B-movie, this is a fairly simple old-school shooter, which plays out in vertically scrolling fashion akin to Xenon, Xenon 2 and other such classics. There might not be much in the way of sophistication as found in more recent bullet hell-style releases, but for a bit of undemanding fun, this is worth a look. Unbelievably, there is an attempt at a storyline here, although it doesn't go beyond 'you're a lone space pilot, there are lots of evil beasties flying towards you, kill 'em all'. Instead, the game gets to business quickly and charges layers with flying their way through over 60 stages of high octane blasting action, taking on the titular space bats as you go. As you'd hope, there are some power-ups to make your job a little easier, including missile upgrades, but these lack the variety and inventiveness of the best shooters. Beyond this, there's not much to make Space Bats stand out from the crowd, and it remains a straightforward but enjoyable enough little blaster that is perfect for when you don't demand much from your games. The graphics and sound are pretty basic, but the sprites move around at a fair old pace and things get pretty hectic, with plenty of enemies and bullets flying around on-screen at any time. Although the game scrolls vertically, rather than remaining static like Space Invaders, your movement is restricted to left and right, which may prove disappointing to some, but isn't a great problem. While Space Bats is no classic and is more suited to casual shooter fans rather than the hardcore crowd, it makes for an entertaining diversion. The sequel, Return of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom provides more of the same.

An old school vertical shooter game

Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom is a nice old school cliche vertical shooter game that is very typical in its gameplay and plot - your land is invaded by those evil bats and you have to fend them off by shooting them down one at a time. There are overall 66 stages, meaning the game will last for a long, long time. The game is very fun and challenging, but not to the point of nerves breaking down. Every few bats you collect gems that will give you various powerups, such as an extra life, weapons upgrade or a turbo mode that will last for a limited amount of time. The graphics are somewhat outdated and simple, but still the gameplay is pretty fun and enjoyable. The game is no Raptor, but it will still give you hours of action filled fun and if you liked the game, you can fight the Bats of Doom in the game's sequel, The Return of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom. Have fun!

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