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  • Summary: The year is 2288. The city is protected by an organization called "The Peacekeepers League" and everything is swell except for that it's under attack! By a robot army lead by professor Darnacus Damnation!! Or is it... ? 100 years after the events of Noitu Love 1 the new star of theThe year is 2288. The city is protected by an organization called "The Peacekeepers League" and everything is swell except for that it's under attack! By a robot army lead by professor Darnacus Damnation!! Or is it... ? 100 years after the events of Noitu Love 1 the new star of the Peacekeepers is Xoda Rap, and what she has to endure is a sudden resurrection of the Darn armies, but adding to that the city is locally turning to places of the past! What could be causing this? Using a mouse reticule as a quick-dash-to-enemies and mouse gestures for special moves, Xoda will take on anything that stands in her way in the name of peace! The game shares little in pacing and action to Noitu Love 1. It is more of a continuation on that universe, so expect much more mindless action. [Konjak] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. A study in motion, pastiche, and mayhem.
  2. With Noitu Love 2 - Devolution, Konjak has absolutely hit the 2D nail on the head: it plays like a long-lost gem from the Treasure catalog, while still managing to flesh out its own quirky identity. Action fans don't want to pass this one up.
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    80
    It's a fun little distraction for the price, and the game actually makes for a surprisingly satisfying "beat up some robots" experience with how it combines its control scheme on the mouse and keyboard. It's definitely a fun action game to look into.
  4. There's a lot of replay value and unlockables to go with a lot of shooting; it's a welcome blast from the 16bit days. [July 2008, p.98]
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Apr 28, 2012
    10
    awesome!!!! I played for a few moments and I looked over and saw that it had been 5 hours. did this game come out in 2008? I just got it onawesome!!!! I played for a few moments and I looked over and saw that it had been 5 hours. did this game come out in 2008? I just got it on Steam, it recently came to that platform - do yourself a favor and grab it!!!
    the combat system is unique I like that way you have a cross hair - but not to shoot. that is where the character will jump to and unleash a sword attack. there's like tons on of bosses, all fun and creative. really reminds me of the best of the best of the SNES datys
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  2. Dec 13, 2012
    5
    Side-scrolling 2D beat'em up with a style similar to Metal Slug. Although there are unlockable characters and multiple difficulties, the gameSide-scrolling 2D beat'em up with a style similar to Metal Slug. Although there are unlockable characters and multiple difficulties, the game is only 7 levels long and fairly easy. Unique bosses, catchy "8-bit" music and sfx, and detailed pixel art make this game worth playing if you get it in a bundle... but not worth the $5 alone. Expand
  3. AWG
    Jul 28, 2013
    4
    "Noitu Love 2: Devolution" is a Metal Slug-like side-scrolling 2D beat'em up. A very boring and uninteresting one. Yes, it's cheap, but it's"Noitu Love 2: Devolution" is a Metal Slug-like side-scrolling 2D beat'em up. A very boring and uninteresting one. Yes, it's cheap, but it's not worth your time. Don't play it, do something else instead. Anything. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2015
    0
    Noitu Love 2 Devolution is a retro side-scroller beat-em-up game with Metal Slug-esque graphics. Unfortunately, the game is both incrediblyNoitu Love 2 Devolution is a retro side-scroller beat-em-up game with Metal Slug-esque graphics. Unfortunately, the game is both incredibly simple and incredibly easy, and not worth your time.

    Story

    The game’s story makes no sense; it involves some bizarre time-travel plot which isn’t really time travel… it doesn’t really make any sense, but it doesn’t need to and really isn’t supposed to.

    Gameplay

    The gameplay is very simple and is at the heart of the game, but unfortunately is also terrible. You control an on-screen reticle with your mouse, and by clicking, you attack to that spot, if there is an enemy highlighted. You can also hold down your mouse button for a charge shot, jump, move side-to-side, or do a dash attack or spinning jump attack. In the end, while these attacks are theoretically meaningful, most of the time you’re just running to the right, frequently using dash attacks to get through the stages faster to fight the bosses… where, mostly, you just wait to do your thing, or sometimes just straight up attack them as fast as possible, depending on the boss. Many of the bosses don’t require any strategy, while others require a little strategy but not very much.
    Ultimately the gameplay is very unsatisfying, and there is very little “meat” to it – the game requires very little strategy and very large amounts of mindless clicking. There is some enemy variety, but most of it is fairly meaningless as strategy has little meaning with the game’s control scheme, and most of the ordinary enemies are both trivial and easily bypassed. Even the bosses mostly are not very interesting, with only a very small number requiring any sort of real strategy. On the whole, the game feels far too simple and straightforward, like you are only there to click to attack a large number of times.

    Graphics

    The game does a fine job of emulating the era it is trying to emulate; it isn’t particularly beautiful, but it isn’t ugly either, and it is significantly better than a lot of the 8-bit pseudo-retro graphics indie games floating around the market.

    Final Summary

    Noitu Love 2 Devolution is not worth your money, but more importantly, it isn’t worth your time. You will derive more satisfaction out of doing most anything else.
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