Recently, I stumbled upon an excellent promotion Nintendo is doing – I presume – to promote their forthcoming crossover game. If you register Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV on your Club Nintendo account, you will be given $30 of free eShop credit to do whatever you want with! Free money AND two kick ass RPGs on my 3DS? I’m so in!
Now, if you were anything like me, you now have $30 of free eShop credit and no idea how to use it. Don’t worry! I’m here to help. With my “How To Spend Your Free $30 eShop Credit Guide,” I’ll show you the games I purchased with my free credit so you can spend your hard-earned credit on great, quality games in no time! And this revolutionary guide is yours for absolutely FREE! Simply scroll your eyes downward to enjoy your free guide.
Gunman Clive is a side-scrolling shooter in the vein of Mega Man. If that’s not enough for you to buy it, how about the fact that it’s really good and only $2? The art style is really cool with its sketched-and-lightly-shaded aesthetic, and the 3D effects are utilized very well. The music is standard Spaghetti Western affair, but it’s done well. The sound effects are classic with gunshots sounding like “pews” and explosions sounding like “pops.” Plus, cake heals you in this game, as it heals everything in real life, too.
The game is incredibly short, though. I beat it 3 times in about 1 and a quarter hours: my first playthrough with Clive, my second on Hard mode with Ms. Johnson, and my third on Duck Mode (yeah, that’s a thing apparently. And it’s awesome). Beyond its length, there’s really nothing bringing this game down. It just does everything so right.
The best part about Gunman Clive is its variety. Though the trip is short, you’ll be doing a lot of things: riding in mine carts, flying on a rocket, and platforming against shifting gravity. The game is made from love for everything retro in gaming, and the two-man development team behind it sure do show it. With old-school gaming tropes like inexplicable moving platforms (a propeller on a rock is still pretty farfetched) and relying on the presentation to tell the story instead of text, Gunman Clive is an amazingly well-crafted homage to old-school gaming.
If you like running and shooting things, then you can’t go wrong with Gunman Clive. Though short, it’s a great game to jump back into and replay to beat your best times. And you will believe Cowboys can breathe in space.
VVVVVV – $7.99
VVVVVV wins the award for dumbest name for a video game. But don’t let its name fool you; this game is fantastic! It’s created to look like a Commodore 64 game, which is all right, I guess. I never played the C64; however, that didn’t detract from the fun I had while playing it. The mechanic the game revolves around is flipping gravity. With a touch of a button, you can send Captain Viridian to the ceiling. Press the button again, and you go back to the floor. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s been done before. But VVVVVV’s level design and scenarios give you plenty of fresh takes on this mechanic. Add in the crushing difficulty and copiously forgiving amount of checkpoints, and you’ve got yourself a great and challenging experience with none of the frustration that’s perfect for on-the-go gaming.
The music in this game is definitely another highlight. Expectedly, it’s all chiptune and awesome. I can’t really articulate its greatness. You’ll just have to go have a listen yourself.
The game also has a story. I haven’t completed VVVVVV, but the plot hasn’t blown my mind yet. It’s good enough to give players motivation, and that’s all I really ask for in my platform games. That, and hidden objects to find, which this game totally has!
VVVVVV is pretty damn fun so far. Even not having finished the game, I can say it’s easily worth your time. Disregard the dumb name, and go have yourself a good time.
Mutant Mudds – $8.99
Anyway, Mutant Mudds is very old school with its presentation. Of course there’s the pixel graphics and the insanely incredible chiptune soundtrack, but the progression and story are very old school as well. For starters, there’s no story given to you. There’s a few frames in the opening cut scene showing the protagonist and his grandma sitting in their living room as they watch the news show an asteroid hitting Earth and bringing aliens. Then, the next scene is the first level. Poignant and straight to the action. Now that’s a game!
Mutant Mudds is also a collect-athon, which I love when done right, which Mutant Mudds totally does! Apparently, you need to collect 100 Golden Diamonds on each level to buy upgrades, and there are 3 McGuffins to collect on each level. Once a McGuffin is collected, the level ends. This means there are several ways to end a level, making alternate routes in familiar levels a possibility. I freaking love that in games, especially when the levels are short. Thankfully, Mutant Mudds gets that right too, making for ideal portable gaming.
Another interesting thing Mutant Mudds does is scaling. The protagonist can jump between the background and the foreground and continue on his merry way. There are times when the sprites are too big for my tastes, but it’s part of the experience, and it’s done in short bursts so it’s not too intrusive or nauseating. Because of this plane leaping, I decided to play the game with the 3D effect on full blast. It was pretty cool! I really don’t like 3D that much, but it was fun to watch your guy jump from the foreground to the background in 3D.
I haven’t finished it yet, but Mutant Mudds is shaping up to be an outstanding game. I hear it gets difficult, and that’s perfectly fine with me. I can’t wait to shoot and jetpack my way to the game’s end. Check this game out.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – $11.99
I love Way Forward. They’ve made some of the greatest 2D games of our generation. Regrettably, I have never played a Shantae game despite everybody’s pleas. The games do look fun, and Shantae herself looks to be an interesting character with her I Dream of Genie design and giggly demeanor. Plus, her games apparently play like Metroidvania games. A sexy half-genie character in a Metroidvania by Way Forward? Just shut up and take my money!
I haven’t got to play it too much yet, but my first impression is that it’s awesome. Given Way Forward’s pedigree and the general consensus of the internet, I doubt I’ll be disappointed. Now, I’ll just click here to download it and…
Insufficient funds? Crap! I’m about $2 short. Hmm… Can I just add a couple of bucks? What’s the minimum? 10 DOLLARS!!! SON OF A BITCH! You got me again, Nintendo! It looks like I need to make another guide.
Shantae – $4.99
As for the other $3, I guess I’ll save it for a rainy day. I’m holding out for Gunman Clive 2.
Thanks for your Playing! Let me know what games you’d spend the $30 on. Or just list me off some great 3DS eShop games. I’m sure there are plenty more awesome games I can try.