6.5

Quite simply, this game is WAY too hard.

I have never played a game that has frustrated me more than Alien Hominid. What could have been a great game is burdened with a brutal difficulty level. Now some people seem to love the fact that this game is so obviously extremely difficult, and I being a gamer of over 20 yrs., like a game the provides a challenge. But Alien Hominid is ridiculously hard and because of that reason, the frustration level with this game is off the charts.

The game looks fantastic and has a great visual style. It also has a sense of humor that other games can't match. And the game itself is fun at times. But once you start with the 'one-hit deaths', cheap hits, or tons of enemies the game become tedious. I don't know if the developers were trying to create that 'old-school' feel of those very difficult side-scrollers of the 8/16-bit areas but they went overboard. This game makes Contra seem like a walk in the park.

It's really too bad the developers chose to make the game this way. There was a lot of potential here for a great title. I would recommend checking out the demo since you may find the game's difficulty level more forgiving than I did, but after purchasing this title I wish I would have tried out the demo first. This game has been given great reviews on a lot of websites and the other versions of this game reviewed very well too. I see the potential for the game to live up to those scores, but unfortunately the final product (in my opinion) doesn't live up to the hype.

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