Dimension Drive Review
By Gary Gray
A multi dimensional alien race known as the Ashajuls are attacking our universe, and its up to Jackelyne Tywood, Pilot of the Dimension Jumping Manticore to save the day.
Set over a comic book style universe, the story and feel of dimension drive is actually quite in depth, Panning out the Top down, Space shooting Game play with some jaw dropping comic book styled art and some quality voice acting setting the scene and story perfectly.
Starting out there's something that's immediately different about dimension drive, something that all the other top down shooters that have flooded the switches eshop over the past few months don't have. Split screen one player..... now, this might sound crazy, but whats actually happening is that have to split your attention, Between two sides of the screen as they are two different dimensions running parallel. With a click of the B button you jump from each side of the screen, this is where the main focus of Dimension Drives Game Play lies! Indicated by a pinkish glow on the opposite screen, that's where you will warp to if you choose, and this is done for a variety of reasons from dodging enemy attacks or the terrain trying to block your way, it's an asset that I praise highly as it's possibly one of the freshest ideas to come from a space shooter. As you progress though the levels, you'll have to blast your way through tons of bad guys using your up-gradable guns, there's also different variety of weapons to unlock by collecting data cubes scattered throughout the levels.
Speaking of unlockables, there's also more abilities to unlock for the Manticore to. The first that you unlock is the ability to slow the level down, which also turns your craft 180 degrees, a choice that has been cleverly thought through as you can't shoot forward, so you won't over use, or spam the ability.
Make sure you don't hit the walls, as this results in an instant death. Luckily though there are checkpoints dotted around the levels, so if you lose one of your three lives you be starting back from the beginning. Where everything is solidly built, you're shunted into some crazily hard sections to grind the fun to a halt, whether it's a section where there's too much on screen, or sections with big gaps between check points, I got stuck for well over an hour in one section on the second world. One false warp and your ship disintegrates.
Visuals and Sound
From its comic book story stills to the dark and dreary backdrops of space, dimension drive hits all the notes high! There's plenty of attention to detail, from your ship casting its glowing lights against the hurling rocks of space, to the warm light of threatening lasers, it's a real treat if you can take a second to look. Adding to the adrenaline of the fast paced action, is a pumping Electro soundtrack, that fits the bill perfectly. |Where you may not be humming the soundtrack afterwards, it really does tie everything together well.
Along side the single player there is also a cooperative mode, where you will be sharing the chaos with a friend. If your looking for replay-ability there's actually a whole bunch In Dimension Drive, From Four different difficulty settings, that range from Normal, Hard, Extreme to insane. On top of that there is a high score leader board, and grading systems, so there's plenty of reasons to go back and outdo yourself.
Dimension Drive is easily one of the most creative space shooters. Dimension jumping is a mechanic that really shines above its competition, which makes it so unique. With a gripping story, Which puts the cherry on top of a solid built shoot 'um up, you're surely in for a treat. Packed full of content, there's always more to go back to, if you can get past the ridiculous curves in difficulty that is.