- System: Microsoft Windows (Steam), Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Intragames Co.,Ltd.
- Developer: Intragames Co.,Ltd.
- Release Date: 29th Aug. 2019
- Pricing:$9.99 US, ¥1,010 JP, €9.99 EU, £8.99 UK
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Action, Casual, Indie
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://intragames.co.kr/en/ckattempt=1
Who it Caters to
Grand Brix Shooter was made for people that like arcade-style shooting games that don’t get caught up in characters and cutscenes. It’s made for people that just want to play the game and destroy a lot of stuff, enjoy the light show that accompanies that, and get instant gratification and entertainment. For gamers that want something along the lines of DoDonPachi or Ikaruga, Grand Brix Shooter is a great new challenge. It has the same feeling as other bullet hell games with some new features to keep things fresh and a bit difficult, too. Plus with both local co-op as well as online multiplayer available as well as the single-player mode, you can always team up with others to take down enemies together!
What to Expect
Grand Brix Shooter is definitely crazy and can be overwhelming at first because there are so many things happening. Laser bullets and enemy ships fill the colourful screen and you have to react quickly or lose. That pressure and excitement are exactly what fans of the genre crave and love though, and Grand Brix Shooter delivers. While you can certainly pick up the game as a new player and have a lot of fun before you inevitably lose, it’s important to go into the game knowing that you WILL lose. Probably a lot. But if you stick around and master the system and mechanics, you can enjoy the game even more - and maybe even be good at it someday.
But let’s be honest; Grand Brix Shooter will win over people for its gameplay, not its narrative. Let the narrative give you some context and motivation, and then move on to just playing the game and enjoying the chaos.
When you start a game, Grand Brix Shooter lets you select from a single-player, local cooperative play, or online multiplayer. You can also choose between playing on casual (normal) difficulty or hardcore (difficult). The first time you start the game, you also have the chance to play a tutorial to teach you the basics. There aren’t that many controls to learn in Grand Brix Shooter, and the PC version can easily be played with just a keyboard. As you play through each stage, you will face a lot of small ships that are easy to destroy with just one hit and various boss ships that take more hits and manoeuvring to destroy. These ships are more likely to drop fusion pieces that allow you to upgrade your ship into a new and more powerful version. Your ship can also level up during stages by picking up stars that are dropped by destroyed enemies, each time becoming more powerful and unlocking new special moves that can be unleashed for even more destruction.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Grand Brix Shooter has a system that is very easy to learn with not a lot of controls to remember.
- Even for first-timers to the bullet hell genre, you can pick it up and have fun blasting through levels. It doesn’t take very long to learn the controls and idea of the game at all.
- Because the story is told quickly at the beginning, you can jump right into playing Grand Brix Shooter in just a few minutes, and all narrative scenes can be easily skipped if you want to jump right into the action.
- The backgrounds were really beautiful and we loved seeing them change with each stage, and the music was fun to listen to and added to the manic feeling that every bullet hell game should have while playing.
- Grand Brix Shooter is made by Intragames Co.,Ltd., which is an indie game company from Korea. We played the English version of Grand Brix Shooter, and as native speakers of English, it is easy to tell that the game’s translations have been made by non-English speakers.
- While still easy enough to understand, the English still felt a bit clunky and awkward at times, especially in the tutorial explanations.
- Grand Brix Shooter also lacks a way to continue your progress at a later time, so it is hard for someone who just wants to play a little bit at a time or has a busy schedule to make much headway in the game.
- While this is done to preserve its arcade-like feel and because of how the leaderboards are tallied, with scores from a single playthrough, it may be frustrating to gamers that have less time they can devote to playing but still want to try to complete the game. It isn’t actually at an arcade, after all, it’s in people’s homes.