Imagine yourself but a single soldier against an army backed by an incredible assortment of weaponry and heavy artillery. Heavy metal hardware comprised of tanks and missile launchers, bazookas and aerial assault vehicles as far as the eye can see. Now imagine being plunked down smack-dab in the center of it all as these formidable forces bear down on you in wave after wave of hostility. There is little time to think, save for the will to survive.
In what seems to be an impossible scenario, there is no mercy shown from the very first level thrown at you. This is no ordinary arcade action shooter, this is Combat Heaven.
Controls are as follows: [Z] move left; [C] or [V] move right; [S] or [D] jump; [X] nose dive; press [space] or [ctrl] to change weapons; press and hold the mouse button to fire (do not click rapidly). In addition, double-tap left or right keys to dash in that direction; a very valuable maneuver.
To get started, first gear-up on the "SET UP" screen and spend the 10,000 'custom points' the game starts you off with. You can use it to increase the characteristics of your armor and boost capability. Of course armor provides a cushion that allows you to withstand attacks to an extent, and boost is a valuable feature of your armor that allows you to rocket upwards in short bursts to help escape the incoming munitions fire.
The game also features a shop where you can purchase better weapons and armor, but you won't have enough points to visit the shop for quite some time.
Once your points are spent, it's time to dive into the missions. There are 11 missions total of increasing difficulty and reward. Start with the first and work your way up. The later levels require much heavier armor and weapons than what you're equipped with initially. Even the first level will be rather difficult at first. Luckily, if at first you don't succeed, you may try, try again.
You will earn points even if you don't succeed in clearing a level, so don't feel discouraged if you do not get very far in your first attempts. Practice the controls to get a feel for how they work, and before long you'll be strong enough to reap the rewards that this game has to offer.
Here are a couple of strategies I found useful: mind the red triangles indicating incoming missiles. Keep an eye on the radar to know where the enemy is. Use your boost and jump out of the way when you hear the lock-on signal of a tank. Take out the tanks first by rushing them, as it takes some time to rotate its turret. Do not click rapidly to shoot; press and hold the mouse button down to fire continuously. Take out the aerial assault vehicles as soon as you can as they will continue to drop more and more soldiers until you do.
Analysis: Megatons of action packed in a tight little Flash package that features appealing graphics, effects and a dynamite soundtrack. Combat Heaven is an insanely great shooter with periods of non-stop over-the-top action that is intense and very gratifying. A 'custom points' reward structure offers upgrades for purchase that increases the replay value of each of the game's 11 missions. Two save game slots allow local storage for saving and loading of games. Amazing fun awaits just beyond the learning curve.
The game was created by Tonowi of Japan, with a new version (v1.2) promised to be due out in February. Update: Version 1.2 is out(!) Update #2: Combat Heaven is now back online officially at 128f.com's relaunched site, Game-Pure.
Cheers to Willoughby Jackson for the link.