Absolutely bringing a mix of classic side-scrolling shooting and cuteness to the mix, ProtoCorgi has some issues but makes for a good time
Mixing together two things I love, old-school arcade-style shooting and a cute pupper, on paper ProtoCorgi comes out of the gate strongly feeling like something I should love. To a degree it does earn some props, as its mix of a couple of different franchise styles of power-ups and general feel helps it stand pretty well on its own… but that isn’t to say there aren’t some frustrations. In particular, on quite a few occasions, I had challenges telling what was in the foreground and I needed to be sure to avoid hitting and what was something I could ignore. The fact that in a number of places exclamation points dot specific areas where enemies are going to appear I think underlines that there may be an understanding not everything is inherently visually clear, but while you do simply learn what to avoid that flaw in hard to simply forgive completely since many other titles in the space don’t have that struggle. Still, even with as many shooters of this type as there are on the system there’s a unique flow and flair here that genre fans should find appealing, that is if the cutesy general look doesn’t put you off before you even get started.
Justin Nation, Score: