|System: WiiWare||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 19, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Man I really want to play some videogames, but if my game lasts longer than 5 minutes, I may miss some life altering event, in turn ruining my entire existence?" Nope, me either. But if such a scenario ever does arise, there now exists the perfect remedy. Star Soldier R is fast-paced screen frenzy aimed at those with a serious lack of concentration. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. What Star Soldier R offers up is distracting enough and actually worth multiple plays. Unlike most games of the same ilk, Star Soldier R creates a highly entertaining shootout spectacular, light on depth but high on fun.
Let's get down to brass tacks: there is just not a whole lot to this game. Star Soldier R offers up three modes: 2-Minute, 5-Minute, and Quick-Shot mode. Based on the names, you have probably guessed what the first two entail. Each mode is time based, but the 2 and 5-Minute modes are longer contests where players try to rack up as high a score as possible within the time limits. Quick-Shot, on the other hand, gives the player 20 seconds to rifle off as many shots as possible while measuring how many bullets they are letting loose per second. In all honesty, Quick-Shot is nothing more than a one and done type of deal. The real meat is the 2 and 5-Minute games. Although the scope of Star Soldier R seems extremely limited, as there only 2 levels, there is a good bit of replay value. Gunning to take down your high score is fun because you won't have to waste over an hour trying to do it. By limiting you to time limits rather than lives, it ensures every person has an equal shot at taking the crown. Of course, those who can avoid getting killed make their chances much better than the rest of the competition.
As the name implies, Star Soldier R is a space shooter, and like many other games of this type it is all about survival. Stay alive as long as possible, and collect as many upgrades as you can along the way. Since this game is all about accumulating mass amounts of points in a short period of time, those able to most effectively 'pimp their ride' will find the added firepower helps out a ton.
Star Soldier R boasts two different sets of upgrades; the first is a purple vile that will enhance your guns, and the second is a blue vile that will strengthen your shields. As mentioned, the goal is to collect as many of these as possible without dying, thus creating a super ship of sorts. For example, as you collect purple enhancements, your ship will begin to shoot in pretty much every direction creating as much destruction as possible while protecting you from cowardly enemies. The more blues you get, balls will encircle your ship giving you a force field to shield yourself from stray bullets. In addition, there also yellow orbs you can break, which release what look to be giant blocks of cheese. Seeing as how the moon is actually made of said dairy product, it all begins to make sense. Despite the direct connection with the old wives tales, all these yellow balls amount to is a boost in points.