Parents' Guide to

The Bug Butcher

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Retro-style shooter versus space bugs is just too short.

Game Windows 2016
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With viable ties to old-school 2-D side-scrolling shooters, this space title has a few smiles under its helmet but might just be a touch short on level numbers to warrant any kind of longevity. There are 30 levels, but many of the levels can be cleared in three to five minutes tops. The Bug Butcher does have several difficulty modes (including an easy mode for younger players experiencing this type of game for the first time) and three ways to play (single-player story, single-player Panic, and cooperative Panic), but each of the levels is more of the same.

Still, what makes this a nice little diversion is that the controls are easy to use and the game has a nice visual style. There's no blood splattering on the walls, and the power-ups are visually appealing. The price is also a nice selling point, but it stays in line with the amount of content (or lack thereof). The dialogue is text-driven, and the sound is serviceable. What sells it is that this feels like an old-school side-scrolling action game, with all those bells and whistles, and has a simple but nice feel. If The Bug Butcher were longer, with more levels or more modes of play, it would be one of those games that most true gamers should own.

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