We’ve been blessed with quite a variety of shmups on the Switch, and with such diversity it can sometimes be easy to assume you’ve seen it all. Enter Shoot 1UP DX. While in a normal shooter you’d grab orbs to power up or gain an extra life here the focus is instead on building your armada right now, with the new ship simply being added to your current crowd. Depending on the situation you’ll want to spread your ships out to maximize your firepower or pull them in to try to dodge your way through tight situations. In addition, as you accumulate more you’ll eventually have ships that fire in each direction, which as you get to later waves you’ll really need in order to survive some tight boss battles. Just to throw in another wrinkle there’s also the ability to choose branching paths at multiple points, either generally keeping things vertical and “normal” or taking on something more involved like moving to side-scrolling, reversing direction, or even throwing yourself into the challenging free flight mode. There’s not a ton of content here, and arcade shooter veterans will likely only get a significant challenge on the toughest difficulty level, but I do appreciate a title that does things its own way so I can respect it for that at a minimum.
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