Attention all doodlers! Drop your pen and strap yourself to the keyboard, because Francisco Ferreres is here with another in his series of hand drawn, top-down, vertical scrolling shoot-em-ups, Notebook Wars 3. The game lets you take your preference of flying and firing with the mouse, or, if you prefer, the [WASD] keyboard controls with [K] for shooting. Be prepared for the margins to run red, green, and blue with pencil shavings once more!
Like Notebook Wars 2 before it, Notebook Wars 3 focuses on refining and extending the series' classic formula of shooting baddies, blasting bosses, collecting cash and buying upgrades. There are a number of new enemies and weapons to play around with, certainly, but the draw of the series has always been its unique aesthetic, which remains just as awesome as before. The developers have added two major features, though, and both of them are well-appreciated. Keyboard controls are new and will be appreciated by certain players, and there's also Frenetic Mode, which speeds up the sometimes-sluggish pace of the game considerably, fixing the most common complaint about the original. The combination of consistency and subtle improvements make Notebook Wars 3 a game that shooter-lovers, and fans of the previous installment especially, will find noteworthy.