Review Hopeless: Space Shooting
A game about hectic isolation
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 08 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great visuals and atmosphere, entertaining gameplay
Gets a bit too hectic, needs more game modes
Sometimes a game’s name describes itself almost too well. Hopeless: Space Shooting for Android is a sad and hopeless game that wants you to try and save all of the cute space guys as they hide together in the only well lit part of the map. But ultimately, it crumples you up and throws you away.
This is a game that’s all about quick run-throughs. You’re going to die. You’re going to die a lot, actually. But the good news is that you’ll also get back into the fight just as fast as you die. And that’s a good thing because every time you die, you get more gold so you can upgrade your equipment to last just a little longer.
The aesthetic, animations, and overall atmosphere is really good. You start off with a single person and then the game just starts throwing things at you. You have to identify if they’re an alien of a friend. If it’s an alien, you want to shoot it before it carries you off, if it’s a friend then it will join you and at that point they basically act as health. The more you have, the more can be carried off before you lose.
My biggest complaint about the game is just how frantic things can get. Every now and then you’ll suddenly have aliens and friendlies coming out of the wood works straight for you. This usually means you end up murdering everything, which leaves you in a worse position because you’re penalized for friendly fire.
Hopeless: Space Shooting is a lot of fun to spend a few minutes at a time with, but it doesn’t have any lasting appeal. The environment never changes, and the gameplay never evolves into anything more than what you see on the surface.