Given the time and space that NEOGEO has occupied, it’s surprising it didn’t have more shooting games than it did. I mean, I know there were quite a few, but that number pales in comparison to how many fighting games there were on the platform. blazing star is one of the most memorable and Aero fighters the games definitely had fans. The one that appeared a little earlier in the long life of the system supposedly came through some former people from Irem, and if this story is true, it really shows. last resort ($3.99) is a staple of many of SNK’s NEOGEO re-release projects, so it’s no surprise that it also made its way to mobile devices. Arcade Arcade line.
Originally released in early 1992 last resort quite clearly reported by the legendary Irem R-type. This is a horizontal shooter where the main type of power-up is various satellite bits that you can arrange as you wish. This allows you to shoot in multiple directions, eject a satellite, or defend your vulnerable flanks as needed, and the game expects you to learn how to use it very quickly. Where R-type there was only one type of bit that could be activated, last resort offers several different options, each with its own attack patterns. The setting has a cool post-apocalyptic vibe that is often taken directly from Akiraboth enemies and bosses have interesting designs and robust attack patterns.
So yes, it’s a pretty good game. Maybe it’s not as celebrated as blazing star, but I think it’s definitely worth a try if you’re more into strategic shooting games. It’s not as devilish as R-type, but it’s not that far away from it in terms of complexity. Fans of this game will want to give last resort look if they missed it in the past as it gives off a lot of the same vibes. There are five stages in total, but you’ll have to go through them twice to see everything this game has to offer. There are bouts of slowdown and flicker when things get tense, but I guess the game plays well with that trait. No matter how high you raise the technology ceiling, someone hit their heads on it.
We’ve been through enough of these Arcade Arcade releases now, and general readers are probably already familiar with how Hamster handled this port. It emulates the way it should and offers both Japanese and international versions to play. You get two additional modes in the form of Score Attack and Caravan Mode, putting your ability to score to the test. It’s not the best attack shooter, but the extra options are still good. Speaking of options, you have all the usual ones for customizing video, audio, difficulty, controls, and more. There is leaderboard support and you can use external controllers if you have them. It also allows you to play in two player mode.
While Hamster’s efforts on each of these games are largely identical, not all of these NEOGEO games are well-suited to mobile devices. This is especially true if you’re not using an external controller and have to rely on touch controls. Well, I’m happy to report that last resort Touch the gameplay like a fish touches water. There are probably better settings for this sort of thing than virtual pad and virtual buttons, but I didn’t have any problem getting to grips with the game and playing it just like I would on a controller. It’s also a great single player experience, so not having access to it shouldn’t be a major issue for most players.
Some of you probably buy it all AKA NEOGEO releases, and at those prices I can’t fault you. Very collectible and all. But for those who choose a more selective approach to sentences, last resort this is one of the games that you should seriously consider. As long as you accept the fact that this is an extremely difficult shooting game, you will probably have a great time. The visuals are good, the gameplay is intriguing and enjoyable, the soundtrack is great, and Hamster packed it all up in its usual high-end packaging. Of course, the price of the entrance ticket is worth it.