Butt-Ugly Martians: BKM Battles - GBA

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Butt-Ugly Martians: BKM Battles (GBA)
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Combat Game
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Knowledge Adventure Soft. Co.: Vivendi
Publishers: Vivendi (GB)
Released: 1 Nov 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
No Accessories: No Accessories


Emperor Bog is bent on invading Earth at all costs, and has employed a renegade army of wicked aliens to get the job done. Stop the evil aliens in their tracks, escape from alien hunter Stoat Muldoon and defeat the bosses before Earth becomes toast.

In a Space Harrier-meets-Jetpac extravaganza of space weapons, collectibles and combat, players have the opportunity to manoeuvre their characters around various space locales using an ever-lasting jetpack and infinite ammo gun.

Given a specific task within each mission of BKM Battles, combat-hungry players must negotiate a series of hostile environments, shooting out enemy sentries and eliminating the resident evil before taking on a series of end-of-level bosses that become trickier with each stage completed.

You will be given complete freedom of movement in these scrolling environments, and you'll even be provided with a handy map to trace the location of both yourself and other key items in the level.

As you progress further into the game, you are likely to find oncoming enemies more formidable, but an abundance of health packs, speed boosts and weapons upgrades will always be around the next corner. In this respect gameplay is balanced. True, in later stages enemies become even tougher and collectibles become scarce, but that's all part of a sensible learning curve.

BKM Battles is very much an old school shoot-em-up experience, with a few twists and turns for extra variety. It works very well, and serves as a reminder that retro-style games are still very much alive.