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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun old-school arcade shooter with odd design issues.

Game PlayStation 4 2015
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An expanded and remastered version of 2011's Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, Jamestown+ is an '80s-style, top-down, arcade-y shooter that will remind older gamers of 1942, Xevious, and even a little of Galaga. Besides boasting pixelated, old-school-style graphics and gameplay, you can gather gold bolts and gears to charge up a limited-time attack weapon, adding to your attack strategy. Plus, when you die (and you will), the continue system lets you pick up where you left off -- if you have any credits left, just like you could when you played these kinds of games at the arcade. It's even as unforgiving as a game that's designed to separate kids from their allowances. As for the "+" part, this version adds new ships, two new levels, spruced-up backgrounds, an all-new menu, as well as music and sound effects that have been remastered and are now available in 5.1 surround sound.

But though Jamestown+ may sound like a fun trip down memory lane, it has some issues. Most notably, the initial action stops after the first three levels if you're playing on "Normal." Unless you raise the challenge to "Difficult" or harder, you can't experience the rest of the game, which hardly seems fair. It also has some odd modern twists that don't really fit this kind of game. Once you've beaten a level, for instance, you can always start off from that point, not from the beginning like you'd have to if your PS4 took quarters. This also has a lush orchestral score that sounds more like something you'd hear in a new game but is rather incongruous here. Jamestown+ is fun, but its odd design decisions keep it from being a great shooter.

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