Despite a few nitpicks, Atomicrops is, in many ways, is a superb experience. It’s a harmonious blend between completely unique ideas and straightforward, simple mechanics. It’s tough as nails, but not discouragingly punishing. It doesn’t overwhelm the player with a surfeit of nuances to learn, yet it offers enough perks and gameplay modifiers to keep you always stumbling upon something new. For an indie title that seeks to present physical challenge and old-school, arcade thrill in place of a meaningful narrative, it accomplishes its mission beautifully. If this were a true arcade game, I’d have spent all my quarters long, long ago.
On the surface, Atomicrops is a retro-inspired, top-down 16-bit shooter. However, even early stages start to reveal a much deeper experience, filled with love interests, guns, and unrelenting enemies. Perks can become permanent down the road, but the path to getting there is fulfilling and enough to keep you returning after each defeat for more crop production and bullet fire.
Atomicrops is an exciting and challenging rogue-lite farming simulator that somehow manages to maintain its fun factor with high replayability no matter how many times you die. It can be extremely difficult for those not used to playing rogue-lite games, but its fun art style and RNG elements manage to keep it fresh and engaging. Atomicrops is strangely addictive, and for $14.99 on the Epic Games store, it's an absolute steal.
Atomicrops is frenetic, challenging and addicting in the way that all the best roguelike/lites are, with a silly streak that helps give the title its own identity. A lack of content does harm the game’s longevity.
I’m a person who likes having the resources of tutorials and hints; if you are like me, I’m sorry to say you won't find that here. Other than a sweet old man who meets his untimely death in the very beginning of this game, you have no help or direction on how to play. The art, bosses, and wacky soundtrack are big pluses, as they give those good retro vibes and never feel outdated. Overall, Atomicrops isn’t for everyone, but for people who are fans of the genre they’ll definitely find a lot to enjoy.
Although it appears to be one more farming simulator, Atomicrops is actually a bullet hell with much more in common with Nuclear Throne than with Stardew Valley. This roguelite without permanent upgrades forces you to try different weapon combinations in each game, so it always feels fresh and funny. Solid as a twin stick shooter, loose as a farming simulator.
Atomicrops is a frantic mix of roguelite and tower defense gameplays. It has a wonderful pixel-art and a nice, fitting soundtrack. It is a solid game, but the farming-sim gameplay fragments the exploration and jam its potential.
I'm glad the launch version has tweaked the balance slightly in favour of the player, giving you a bit more health and replenishing it more readily, because I was banging my head against Atomicrops a bit in the version before. And it was only really that which made me hesitate in recommending it to you. But now, upon release and with some fine tuning, it sings. And a very jaunty song it is too. [Eurogamer Recommended]
My only real major disappointment with Atmomicrops is that the advertised simulation bits turn out only to be a few light nods to the genre. It’s got some simulation-shaped aspects, sure, but they’re flimsy plastic ferns in comparison to the very much alive and dynamic creeper vines of its shooty-dodgy core. This said, the farming does make fighting more interesting simply by providing a worthwhile distraction, leading to almost unbearably chaotic instances of frantic multitasking. As long as you know what you’re getting into, and are up for sewing a few hours of practise in before you reap the rewards, I think it’s well worth your cashews. Which I’ve only just realised are a play on ‘cash’. Ooh.
Its a rather unforgiving game.
1 example is that is that if you find health your maximum health goes up, you dont recover health any other way buy from shop or find as a drop.
Once you know this you can likely guess what type of rogue lite bullet hell it is.
And it is made to be replayed over and over suspect some might never get over the rather large starting difficulty
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