Scurge Hive

Format: Nintendo DS
South Peak Interactive

5 060112 740375
Age Restrictions: 7+
01 December 2006

48 hours ago a distress signal was sent from a remote research lab studying a virulent organism identified as the "Scurge". Bounty hunter Jenosa Arma has been sent to investigate and salvage any research technology from within the facility. Armed with top-secret projectile gauntlets and a prototype battle suit capable of integrating technologies, she must use her skills and abilities to complete her objectives on the remote planet. However time is of the essence as she races to nullify the Scurge coursing throughout her own body and prevent becoming what she fears most...

Scurge Hive may appear to be a clone of Metroid Fusion at first glance (and second glance come to think of it) but beneath the surface there is just enough to allow this game to stand tall as a game in it's own right. Believe me though, there are a few too many similarities.

If you hate old school games with a passion then you'll need a lot of convincing to give Scurge Hive a chance. The developers have opted for a very odd looking 3D effect, but it's not done well enough to disguise the fact that if this were 2D it would be the sort of game that you would expect to see on the GameBoy Advance not the DS. It really does look a little to primitive for a new release, but looks aren't everything and the gameplay more than makes up for the lack in aesthetics. While the animation is not as detailed as it could have been, it would also have been nice to have had the option to rotate the screen.

As you run around the gaming environment there is some urgency to your quest as you have to race from decontamination room to decontamination room in order to purge your body of the Scurge virus. This is also the only area of the game that you can save your progress. Of course there are armies of nasties between you and each bay and you are under immense pressure to kill wave after wave of aliens before your time runs out.

This is a good solid game but, as I mentioned before, it won't be to everyone's taste. It might be an idea to rent this first.

Nick Smithson

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