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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Presumably on mission to save world, but nothing actually stated, all about action.
Positive Role Models
Nothing positive, negative about pilots, because nothing really known about them -- you take down incoming attackers, attempt to survive.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence with enemies exploding as they're hit with ship weapons, but little debris left behind; no blood, gore shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters have tight, revealing clothing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bullet Soul is a downloadable arcade action shooter known as a shmup (shoot-'em-up). The action depends on reflexes and is very fast-paced with fantasy violence that features explosions but no gore or blood. Some female characters are shown to have tight, revealing clothing. There's no additional offensive content.
Is It Any Good?
Dodge, shoot, dodge, and shoot some more -- this action game is simple and effective but lacking reason and depth. Bullet Soul is an arcade shoot-'em-up that's frenzied and colorful, but it's essentially a wash/rinse/repeat formula, even though the background changes. The weaponry really doesn't matter since the mechanics ride the same rail from one end of a gaming stage to the other. While the game has some allure initially, and the challenge to improve your score is persistent, the problem is the lack of variety. The background flashes past your vehicle, providing little more than a tableau of color as a background for explosions and robotic enemies sliding down from the top of the screen. It's difficult to like the game beyond 10 minutes, although it can bring back fond memories of dropping coins into a arcade machine at the local hangout. And to its credit, the graphics are serviceable. But apart from it's nostalgia, which isn't priced that well for the action, you shouldn't expect a lot of depth to pull you back time and again.
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