Nihilist (a person who believes traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless) truly lives up to its name. As a galactic wanderer your only concern is the location of the next cosmic rumble.
In Nihilist, battles take place in the Kraal (an enclosure for animals), also aptly named because it is generally filled with fierce and savage warriors from the stretches of the universe yourself included. Although your main objective is to whup a little interstellar ass, throughout each battle you can collect various weapons, boosters, and Kash Krystals to aid you in future conflicts. Kash is especially important because, as you progress through each Kraal and eventually into other galaxies, you have to pay to enter the next arena. If you don't have enough Kash, you must face wave after wave of Vermin Clan fighters (an attack en masse of small, swift ships) to get it.
Although the graphics in Nihilist are not incredibly flashy, the game is transformed into a truly visual experience once you don the included ChromoDepth glasses and blast away the other combatants in full 3-D action. The Kraals are depicted as simple wire-frame sculptures, but the ships really stand out against the surface as you speed around the arenas while wearing the ChromoDepth shades. The sound effects in Nihilist are crisp, and a soundtrack which includes Dog Eat Dog, Pop Will Eat Itself, and Sugar Ray promises to keep you rockin' while in the Kraal.
The game also has a few humorous extras...well, if you like fifth grade humor (and who doesn't?). For example, you face off against such combatants as surly Jed Buttface and Private Partz. If you want to jettison your ship and hope that Gladys and the sisters will save you from the Kraal, simply press the "premature ejaculation" button and flee in your coffin escape pod.
Although a bit repetitive, Nihilist breaks the monotony by providing 29 different combat arenas and three different types of Kraals: Fluxes (spherical), Mandalas (horizontal and flat), and Mantras (vertical and flat). Also, as you progress through more Kraals and collect more Kash you can buy new ships or upgrade the one you have with new weapons such as the Blinder, Cutter, and Nutter.
Nihilist is an entertaining game that offers a truly unique visual experience. By combining nonstop action, puerile humor, and an interesting storyline, Nihilist offers a new twist on an old genre.