Cosmic Prison Commando takes you back to 1984, in retro 2D shoot 'em up, designed to look like an old Amstrad CPC game.
True to its ideals, Cosmic Prison Commando does indeed look just like one of those games, with blocky, garish colors. If you played games in the 80s, this will bring back memories. It's a totally new game, but plays just like an oldie, even down to your hero Jack's shooting limitations. He can run, duck and jump, but he can't shoot up or down, only side to side. He's an angry, muscle bound hero who has to shoot everything in his path. It's very uncomplicated.
The gameplay is good, if you enjoy this type of thing. It's not easy, and when you die you are returned to the beginning of the level. This is slightly frustrating, although thankfully enemies stay dead, so you can always progress. There are no continues, and no saves! While this is officially a demo, it's really big, and you'll be surprised how much there is to explore. The game's physics work well, and the weapon power ups are excellent.
Everything about Cosmic Prison Commando is straight from the 80s. That means it's pretty hard, and of course the no save games were par for the course then too. The developer has obviously put a lot of effort in to this original slice of retro violence, and while younger players might just find it irritating, anyone who grew up with this type of game will really enjoy it.
Cosmic Prison Commando is a great piece of purist retro action!