Ahoy ye barnacle-blistered land-lubbers, and welcome about the JayIsGames galleon! Today we be featurin' Frantic Frigates, a topdown action shooter from Berzerk Studio. Thar be rumors of sharks, pirates, and alien ghosts swarming the seas, and they've been leaving folk mighty groggy. Only ye and yer motley crew of constantly firin' cannoneers even stand a chance to calm the waters. Those wantin' for a treasure chest of frenzied fun will find it here, I swear by my tattoo.
Frantic Frigates is played largely with mouse movement. Your cursor is marked with an X and your ship will head towards it at a constant speed. Your ships fires its cannons automatically at a constant rate towards the nearest enemy. and there'll be a lot of them. Treasure chests and defeated enemies drop loot. Once picked up, the loot is used to purchase larger ships and better upgrades at the store, accessed with the [spacebar]. At the upper right is a meter that fills with each enemy defeated. Defeat enough and the boss battle begins. Achievements unlock more cash at the start of your next game. And if you want a little bonus cash from Captain Lachhh, I'd suggest moving to a new tab for a bit...
Casual shooters can get a little interchangeable, so it's nice to see a work like Frantic Frigates that willing to shake up the formula. Not everything it tries out works perfectly, but enough do to make a quite an enjoyable time. The interface of you-steer-CPU-shoots takes getting used to, but it streamlines gameplay and plays well into the concept that you are the captain of a ship who trusts his crew to man the cannon. Certainly, the later levels' bullet-hell elements wouldn't be so well integrated without it, especially the final boss. On the down side, restarting the game from scratch every time you lose feels like an artificial way to lengthen a short game, regardless of how much cash you're granted at the start. The game's willingness to shill for microtransaction advantages makes that design choice suspect at best. That said, overall, Frantic Frigates is a nifty piece of nautical action that has quite a bit of ch-ARR-m.