One small step for greatness
Capsized is a frantic 2D shooter, combined with a physics based puzzle element. You step into the boots of an unnamed astronaut, who unfortunately crash lands on an inhabited alien planet. This leaves you on a search for your crew members, whilst doing all means possible to stay alive. To begin with, the planet seems a peaceful and lush place. Before you know it, you'll soon realise it's looks are deceiving. Blood thirsty creatures will begin to chase you, craving for your blood. They are very fast and deadly, and these encounters always keep you on your toes. It's very fast-paced, and it can be tricky to move and shoot at the same time. Thankfully, there's a neat auto-aim feature, which you can trigger by simply holding down the LB button. This allows you to auto-lock on enemies, offering a more precise shot.
There's a decent variety of space-like weaponry and gadgets to aid you. Your first begin with a pulse rifle, which fires laser projectiles, along with a blast carbine that fires one projectile at a time. There's roughly, over a dozen weapon types throughout the game. Some have alternate fire modes, and most are required to defeat the tougher critters. Along with your weaponry, you have a few gadgets to help you traverse the environments. From the get go, you come equipped with a jet-pack, useful for reaching high surfaces and chasing off foes. You also contain a grappling hook, capable of pulling blocked structure, such as rocks. You can also use it to latch onto high surfaces, allowing you to swing around like Tarzan. It's a joy to use, and works similar to the rope mechanic in Worms.
Capsized isn't a walk in the park. It's a very tough game, and although you receive a satisfying amount of lives, losing them can be very quick. Enemies become more fierce, and some contain magic and very deadly projectiles. You need your wits about you, and without them, you wont last long. The levels them self are incredibly well designed, each providing stunning hand-painted visuals. Exploring each environment is thoroughly enjoyable, and they all make great use of the gadgetry.
The game is a little on the short side. There's around 12 levels in total, which shouldn't take more than 3 to 4 hours for your first run through. However, hidden secrets and unlocks may have your attention a while longer. Along with the campaign, there's an arcade feature, providing a bunch of modes. First on the list is Bot match. This has you competing in a death-match against an enemy AI. Second on the list is Time trial, which is a frantic race for oxygen to survive. Survival is next, and this requires you to try survive endless waves of horde. Finally, there's Armless mode, which removes all your weapons. All these modes require a certain amount of stars unlocked through campaign, but it's a great incentive to replay the levels.
For the asking price, Capsized is an affordable and fun little game. Anyone who enjoys fast-paced 2D games should enjoy Capsized for what it is. It may be on the short side, but the gameplay and attention to detail is incredibly well made.