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Critic Reviews

Xboxer 360:
"A classic of its time" - 5/5

Plus 10 Damage:
"Clearly one of the best titles in the 360's arcade"

The Cult Den:
"I couldn't recommend this game enough"

Sustainable Gamers:
"Reaches back to a respectfully nostalgic place" - 10/10

Geek Pride:
"Buy it now, thank me later" - 4.5/5

Game Summary

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POWER-UP the modern-retro styled Shoot-Em-Up from one-man game studio, Psychotic Psoftware.

Spanning vibrant locations to a monster soundtrack, Power-Up thrusts you into battle with a diverse range of fighters, freighters and titanic level guardians. If you loved retro SHMUP classics like R-Type, Hellfire or Project-X, you'll get a real kick out of Power-Up's slick, detailed visuals, challenging gameplay and impressive arsenal of weapons.

The Earth is doomed! As you pilot the prototype fighter, Weapon-F through the debris of your vanquished escape shuttle you come to realise that you are the last human alive. You alone must take on the army of reptilian monsters responsible for the destruction of humankind. You alone must carry out your final mission... Revenge!

Power-Up was released on XBLIG to critical acclaim for its "smooth-as-butter" playability and its RPG-like weapon system, not to mention its formidable bosses and belting music!

System Requirements


Operating System: Windows Vista or above
Processor: 2.4 GHz Processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk: 125 MB
Other: XNA framework and DirectX drivers, compatible with USB Xbox 360 GamePad

User Reviews

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A nod to old classics like R-Type and Gradius. Grants the user a variety of weapons, but skimps a bit on graphics and, well, th...e very user-interface that grants those weapons. Yes, the screenshots aren't lying. This game will indeed throw hordes of enemies at you like any self-respecting shoot 'em up. Power-Up has the additional gimmick of granting you a variety of weapons at the start, something most shump veterans might initially have trouble getting used to as opposed to, say, R-Type where you'll gradually unlock weaponry and can only access certain weapons at a time (which makes it less distracting.) The graphics really feel like that of a hastily-made browser game, especially the backgrounds. The titular power-ups that boost your weapons also look like cheap knockoffs of the stylish upgrades that gave greats like Gradius style. Still, note that the game was made by one person, and though the graphics seem more suitable for a hastily made browser game you can tell that this project had heart. Though hardcore shump fans might get some entertainment out of this, this user finds it difficult to recommend this game. Frankly there are many shumps out there, you'd probably be better off with one of the better known ones. Still, other shump series have better polish, but Power-Up was clearly a labor of love. At best, I'd give it a 3.5
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