Saturday, 21 September 2019

Asylum Reviews: Space Cows [Switch].


Space Cows is Polish video game developer Happy Corruption's first release, and it's a surprisingly fun one at that. It's a twin-stick shooter - instantly ticking one of Allan's boxes - where you play as Best Regards, a dairy farmer whose prized cow Betsy is abducted after he refuses to sell her. So he does what any sane person would do, and dresses up as a cow to be abducted himself. Armed with a toilet plunger and a butt-load of gas (literally), you can fart your way around levels and kill all the moo-tants standing in your way to save the cows and be reunited with Betsy.


Due to the obvious space setting, you have the lack of gravity to contend with here in Space Cows. This makes it a little bit more unpredictable - and oftentimes more frustrating - than other twin-stick shooters you may have played in the past. Rooms will move and rotate, and you'll potentially have enemies coming at you from all directions meaning you'll have to keep your wits about you.

Additionally, your plunger is your one weapon to defeat the hordes of mootants, so after throwing you leave yourself vulnerable whilst you wait on your plunger's return. This can make things quite panic-inducing, as you'll have to deal with lots of enemies at once. 


As you progress through the game, you will come across mini-games where you can earn extra milk. These break up the game a bit to give you something a little different to keep your interest piqued. They don't disturb the flow of the game too negatively, however they can sometimes lull you into a false sense of security as you forget what you're going back into afterwards.

There are a few different enemy types, ranging from the initial mootants: green slimey things that do damage when they touch you, to turret enemies that do significantly more damage to you. Enemies can be taken out either by hitting with the plunger, or in the case of some enemies, such as the jellyfish, you have to time hitting their blasts back to them. Thankfully, Best has a couple of techniques that help - since the plunger alone would just leave you struggling. He can fart to propel himself out of the way of danger, and he can also slow down time which can allow for the lining up of a killer shot. 


Art style is cute and whimsical, with gorgeous colours. The pinks and purples contrast well with the green-toned slime. Everything has such a fun, cartoon-y vibe which makes it very visually appealing, and sound design is well done - if slightly annoying at times with the frequent farts. 

At just £11.69 on the Nintendo Switch eShop, it's a fantastic price for a lot of fun, so we'd really recommend you check this one out - particularly if you're a fan of twin-stick shooters. For all of the insane pricing on Nintendo's side (AAA titles always remaining sky-high on the eShop), they really have a great selection of cheaply priced Nindies, and this is definitely a great one.


In the end, we decided to give Space Cows the Collecting Asylum rating of 7.5/10.

Have you played Space Cows yet? What did you think of it?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

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