Notebook Wars 3: Unleashed
Gotta say. As fun as the game is, you have to believe that Francisco Ferreres missed a prime opportunity with his newest installment in everyone's favorite loose-leaf shooter series. True, Notebook Wars 3: Unleashed features twenty brand new levels of vertical-scrolling action, and kicks the speed and challenge up considerably. But what the heck's up with that subtitle? Surely they could have come up with a paper-based pun to kick off the proceedings! How about Notebook Wars 3: Marginalized? Or Notebook Wars 3: Hole Puncher? It's a good thing that the game so begs to be played, since this reviewer could be here all day making suggestions.
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Fly and fire by moving and clicking the mouse, or, if you prefer, with the [WASD] keys, with [K] for shooting. Whether keyboard or mousing, you'll still use [E] to drop screen-clearing bombs and [F] to turn on autofire. Controls are re-mappable. Defeat enemies and pick up coins to be spent between levels for upgrading your plane. Each level features Easy, Frenetic, and Hard modes, and achievements can be unlocked for success on all three levels of difficulty. While Notebook Wars 3: Unleashed is definitely an expansion pack rather than an entirely new feeling game, it's a well-thought out one with new features are nicely integrated into the existing game. Sure, it kinda boils down to new levels, gameplay improvement and more polish, but the overall course of the series has always been the continued refinement of the killer idea at its core: taking the sketchy warfare pencil doodles of classrooms everywhere, and bringing them to life. Since Notebook Wars 3: Unleashed keeps doing that, and doing it well, it should keep players quite happy.