At first sight, Engine Software’s Flip the Core doesn’t look like much. While watching the trailers, it looked similar to classics like Galaga or Xevious. In my head I was thinking, “I can’t believe I’m downloading this”. So I download my game and unwrap it. On my first play-through, I played for maybe a half hour or more. Usually for me that means I’m enjoying it. I hadn’t even made it past the first level yet. So is Flip the Core worth downloading over the whopping amount of games to choose from? Continue reading to find out! -Tommy Robinson
The first thing you need to know about this game is that it is pretty hard. Now, if you’re a gamer that is up for a challenge then you might just want to download this game. You play as what the game calls “The Hero” and you’re in some type of spaceship thing. That’s the best way I can describe it. You move your spaceship with the D-Pad (or Circle Pad) and use Y or B to shoot spaceships or aliens… Something along those lines.
Once you get into the game, you’re just thrown right in there with no tutorial or any help whatsoever. I ended up having to go to the help manual and finding the controls and everything from there, so really the only thing the game was lacking was a tutorial. This game has two modes arcade and level select. Well, technically that’s one mode, but the level select is very helpful due to the high difficulty of the game.
While Flip the Core is similar to Galaga and Xevious, it’s also unique and different in many ways. Just like Xevious, your primary goal is to shoot spaceships/planes down. The thing that makes this different and more interesting than some other games in it’s genre is the flipping (hence the name). You can flip into another dimension. This flipping is used in many ways: You can use it to dodge obstacles (some enemies can only be destroyed by flipping), and you can also flip to avoid some enemy fire.
Now, I think this game was lacking some things (like the tutorial) and I also felt they could have added some difficulty levels to appeal to a wider audience, but overall, it plays well. If you’re the kind of person that will give up and just plain hates difficult games, you might not want to buy this game. But if you’re a gamer that craves for a challenge, this game is for you. Although I don’t particularly like challenging games, I enjoyed this game. Flip the Core comes at a great price of just $1.99 on the eShop, or 200 DSi Points.