Clash N Slash (PC)

By Xi Lin

Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 9.50
Replays: 5.00

I have a special place in my heart for old school games. Clash N Slash definitely falls into that category. The game blends Asteroids game play with nostalgic arcade graphics. The game features over 60 levels, an array of upgradeable weapons, unique power-ups and over 50 enemy types.

The game play is fairly basic. You control a spaceship with the mouse. Do whatever necessary to protect the planet. With each enemy you destroy, experience points are earned to upgrade your ship. The various upgrades are crucial to protecting the planet from doom. Upgrading reload time is probably the first thing you’d want to do. Unless of course you enjoy feeling helpless as you watch ship after ship crash into your ship and planet. As you progress through the level, upgrades also become available for the planet, increasing the defense and healing rate. Scattered through the levels are barrels and other powerful containers that explode and slow down ships.

The graphics are nothing to jump for joy about, but it more than suits the game. Everything in the game is pre-rendered 3D sprites. The colors in the game are vibrant, and explosions are plentiful and beautiful. Many of the enemies are recolored version of other enemies. However, because you’re blowing them up within split seconds of seeing them, it’s all good.

Techno and electronica accompany the game. Techno is fairly high on my list of favorite music genres. However, the option to turn down the music is always there. A few occasions I’ve turned down the music and play to the beat of Chinese pop. This is in no way a negative comment about the music, just that the option to turn the music down is there. I don’t remember there being a great amount of tracks, but there was enough to last throughout the whole game and not get old.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much replay value. There is no difficulty level or bonuses. After the game has been completed, there is no real reason to start over. Of course, unless your goal is to get the highest score and not die at all playing it through. The game isn’t excessively difficult, there are one or two levels that might take more than one try to clear, but usually they can be cleared in one try.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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