An intentionally lo-fi soundtrack that homages the 16-bit era of run 'n' gun shooters, Blazing Chrome's audio sets the tone perfectly. Catchy tunes and beefy explosions are pure Contra.
Ever played a Contra game? This looks just like one of them, with imposing boss encounters, fast-paced hoverbike sections and 16-bit lens flare. There's a nice variety of level environments too, covering all of the tropes. Awesome.
Pure and unadulterated side-scrolling shooter action, Blazing Chrome is a throwback in the best possible sense. It plays exactly like it should, fast, tense, and responsive, putting your reflexes to the test.
Initially, you're presented with four missions that you can complete in any order, before uncovering a further two levels. And they're all completely unforgiving. Some levels can feel a bit overlong and checkpoints are a tad miserly, but this is still a joy. Complete the game, and there are bonus characters to unlock too.
A strong list that takes in simple progression objectives and a range of tricky feats, you'll need to really dig deep to complete this one. Hardcore players – or those able with god-like perseverance - need only apply.