Monday, 2 January 2012
Developer/Publisher: Final Form Games
Released: June 8 2011
Jamestown is a hardcore old-school top-down shoot-em-up set during the 1600's on Mars, where a British colony is under attack by combined Spanish and Martian forces. What?! Yeah, that's awesome.
One DLC pack exists: Gunpowder, Treason, & Plot, which adds four new ships to the existing roster of 4, one of which is piloted by Guy Fawkes himself.
The difficulty of the game might turn some people off, so make sure you're aware of the difficulty before you buy the game.
The game's music is energetic and fun. There are hints of western influence (as in cowboy movies) that help the frontier atmosphere.
The four ship types are all very different from each other, which provides an interesting point of choice and comparison between players. There are two simple ships and two advanced ships, with the advanced ones obviously being harder to master. I played with just the simple beam ship most of the way through.
One of the most interesting aspects of Jamestown is local 4-player co-op. You'll need a few extra mice or keyboards to go full 4-player, but the controls are simple so it's not a hassle to get 4 players together. I didn't try out the multiplayer, but I'm sure it's extremely chaotic with all the firing effects and madness going on.
Jamestown is $10 on Steam, and its DLC is $3. It's currently available as part of Steam's Awesome Indie bundle, which includes a pile of other indie games. If you're not really into old-school games, you might find Jamestown frustratingly difficult. But if you are a fan of hardcore arcade-style shooters, you'll enjoy Jamestown.