MINDgames: Head Space
Bloc Media is responsible for the latest Club 404 diversion on Sony's Playstation UK website: an amazing Flash shooter that is packed with fun and gameplay to boot. And you're in for a real treat, because just a peek under the hood of this little shmup reveals a stash of pleasant surprises.
Head Space is an old-school style 2D shooter in the classic sense: pilot a space ship and fire weapons upon what seems a never ending barrage of enemy waves. But wait! ...it's better than that.
Once you beat the first few waves of somewhat ordinary enemy types, the real fun begins. The game then rewards you with some of the best boss fights to ever appear in a Flash game. And not just one, but boss after boss are sent out to own you, each with its own unique AI movement and attack.
Controls for this game depend on how you like to play. If you're one who enjoys using the keyboard arrow keys for moving and pressing the space bar to fire... by all means use them. On the other hand, if you enjoy the control that a mouse provides and clicking for firing weapons, you'll feel right at home. This game features both, and each with its own ship!
What's even better is the game allows you to play both ships at the same time in a 2-player cooperative mode! Start a new game with a friend, or have him start midway through the game. Either way, each player begins with 5 lives and plays until they're gone.
Also featured are power-ups to upgrade your weapons with and 1-ups for extra lives. I found the best weapon to be the missile (M) since missiles are of the homing variety. Once you upgrade your weapon it's your's only until you lose a life, and then it reverts back to the twinkie that you start with.
If you couldn't already tell, I love this game. It's absolutely brilliant, and one of the best Flash shmups I've seen. Don't wait, play it now.