" Now, if they only let you strafe the other RC pilot with those guns… "
Title: RC Daredevil from Arush Games
Format: PC Action Flyer
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
The Hype: Fed up with realistic flight Sims? Why not hop behind the controls of a radio-controlled plan and shoot BB’s at each other… Hmmm. That doesn’t sound like much fun. Is it? Well, read on, my Monkeys. Read on.
What This Monkey Thought...
Graphics: Well…Hmm…You know…Huh…the graphics don’t completely suck. That meaning that they didn’t really turn me off. But, they’re so far from being anything I’d want a game to look like that…Huh…I don’t know. I guess the easiest way to describe them is as being very "Simple." Not really bad. Just about 4 years behind the times. The edges are overly sharp, the colors are almost comically pastel, and the picture in general tends to be pretty grainy. It really doesn’t make you mad like some bad graphics do, but it’s a long way from making you happy either. Reminds me of playing like Flight Sim 95 or something. 1.5 out of 5
Sound: If you’ve ever heard an RC plane, I want you to make that buzzing noise. You can? Good! Now lets move on. 3 out of 5
Game Play: Let’s get something out of the way right from the top…this is not in any way, shape, or form a flight sim. I described it as an "action flyer" earlier and that was for a damned good reason. With the single exception of you pull up to climb and push down to dive, there really isn’t much to do with aerial physics here. What is here is what could only be described as a fully three-dimensional shooter. Bank, climb, and dive to evade opponents but don’t worry about anything like turning ratios or throttle control. Though, again…that may not necessarily be a bad thing. Since, once you realize that all you’re doing is running around trying to shoot the other planes with your on board BB guns you start to get the picture that this game was really never made for anyone over 12. And, to that score, if you have kids they’ll probably love this game. However, as an adult I was really, really bored. Now, if they only let you strafe the other RC pilot with those guns… 2 out of 5
Level and Environment Designs: There are 3 very simple levels, using the same sort of half rendered graphics, that allow you to both dog fight and do some very simple stunt flying. All in all though, the levels certainly are a non-factor, I more often than not tuned them out. 1 out of 5
Multiplayer: None…And I absolutely don’t understand it. What may have been a true saving grace for this game is lost forever. Maybe, just maybe, if you could have cut in against other players it would have had some real play value to it…but as it stands, being limited to the AI will leave you longing. 0 out of 5
Replayability: Well, like all Arush games PC Daredevil is "Webisodic". That meaning that you get the first level for free (like a demo) and then download additional levels when and if you want them for about 5 bucks apiece, and, they’ll get points for that on two levels. The first is that the concept is great and can potentially save you a lot of money (since you only pay for what you want to play). The second being that the game, all in all, ends up being very cheap even if you get the whole thing. However, in all likelihood, you will not go past the first level…much less into any of the other episodes. 1 out of 5
Story/Dramatics: None. 0 out of 5
Instructions and Learning Curve: There aren’t any paper instructions (since you down load it) and though that usually makes me unhappy this game is so freakin’ simple you’ll never need ‘em. 4 out of 5
Installation and Real System Requirements: They say it requires a P2 300…Which for what they’re putting out is pretty ludicrous. This game should have been able to run on a high-end first gen Pentium. Then, maybe, it would have gotten a good score here. 2 out of 5
|I’m sorry if this review sounded…Uninspired. But, frankly, that’s how the game left me, sort of blasé. I’m not angry that I had to play it. It didn’t offend me, or make me rip my hair out, or curse the High Monkey for my misfortune. It also, however, never provided me with an ounce of real entertainment. So, in the end, I walked away just scratching my head. Although, I say again, this would probably be great for little Monkeys. But since I have none, and ain’t one, it did nothing for me.|
The Good: You pilot an RC plane shooting BBs…I guess.
The Bad: Really simple, basic, and boring.
The Overall Ugly: Every now and then my girlfriend will make me sit down and watch an rerun episode of 90210 with her (I know…I know…But it gets me nookie). And, much like those times, when it’s over I leave not happy, not angry, just sort of mindlessly numb.
What it's Worth: Frankly, I’d ignore it. But it may be worth the free download of the first level.