‘Destroy All of Loopy Robots!’
After a stable week of slugging, this week’s Arcade Archives launch sees Hamster return to the properly of golden age shmups, with the return’s of UPL’s Eighties space-shooter Nova 2001, now accessible to obtain on Nintendo Change.
Initially launched to arcades in 1983 — again when the concept of 2001 expertise appeared just like the stuff of an H.G. Wells novel — Nova 2001 places gamers within the pilot seat of a small state-of-the-art spacecraft, battling it out in opposition to massive waves of enemy invaders. Gamers can jet ‘n’ shoot in eight totally different instructions, preventing off 5 types of enemy geared up with its personal distinctive assault formation.
Nova 2001 was supposed to be an evolution of a few of gaming’s earliest eight-way shmups, similar to Atari basic Asteroids. Sadly. UPL’s shmup could be massively eclipsed by Williams’ extra bold and technological superior Sinistar, which launched the identical 12 months and took the arcade scene by storm. Nova 2001 wasn’t with out its personal charms, that includes quite a lot of backgrounds and fast-paced, button-bashing motion, it simply merely did not match as much as the horrifying ambiance and synthesized speech of the Williams basic.
You possibly can take a look at the motion within the video beneath, courtesy of YouTuber Outdated Basic Retro Gaming. Nova 2001 is offered to obtain proper now on Nintendo Change, priced at round $8. It has beforehand been made accessible on PS4.