Nightmare Reaper took me by surprise. It’s a very fun old school first person shooter game. It’s full of high speed action, a banging metal sound track, and chock full of retro game references. The menu interface is a Gameboy SP and you level up by playing a mini game that resembles a Super Mario Bros game. It did make me chuckle when I first saw it.
As for the game play, you start off the game in a cell of what appears to be a run down and very questionable mental health facility. By interacting with the bed, you get teleported into a dungeon where you must shoot your way through waves of relentless enemies. As you explore the level, you can find hidden passageways that contain gold and find treasure chests containing new weapons. You can have up to two weapons equipped at any given time. The rest are stored in your inventory and you can freely swap the weapons as you wish. The only drawback is that you can only pick one weapon to carry over to the next level once you find the exit.
The game looks pretty stylish in action. It’s a buttery smooth experience with the retro graphics bringing back memories of games such as the original Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. The shooting feels great and the action is fast paced. There are lot of enemies and some are stationary while others run at you nonstop. It does get the adrenaline pumping. To add to this, there are sections with traps and hazards such as spikes on the floor. You need to master moving through the level at high speed while dodging and shooting the enemies.
The game can get difficult but thankfully it is very generous with how it deals with death. You simply respawn at the start of the current level. Once you successfully exit the level, you can then spend your hard earned gold on upgrades. To upgrade, you play an old school platformer that feels like an homage to the original Super Mario Bros. The upgrades are pretty handy and provides bonuses such as extra health, increased ammo capacity, increased starting ammo, and etc.
Overall, I found Nightmare Reaper to be incredibly fun. It’s simple but a challenging high octane action experience. The shooting and movement feel incredibly smooth and the backing sound track does a great job accompanying the action.