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Ozma Wars (PSP Minis) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . We begin our journey with Ozma Wars, a game so old that SNK was still known as "Shin Nihon Kikaku" when it came out. This rare 2D shooter is making its first console appearance thanks to this SNK batch of PSP Minis. The end result is interesting enough to check out once or twice, but probably won't be something you come back to on a regular basis. Rating: 64%
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We begin our journey with Ozma Wars, a game so old that SNK was still known as "Shin Nihon Kikaku" when it came out. This rare 2D shooter is making its first console appearance thanks to this SNK batch of PSP Minis. This is a wave-based vertical shooter not unlike Space Invaders, only this time around players have a life bar and boss battles. The presentation is as simple as you would expect, offering players slow-moving black and white graphics and minimal sounds. But even with the limited resources, Ozma Wars has a number of unique alien crafts to shoot down, as well as a little cinema involving a ship docking.

Unfortunately this Minis port suffers from a few technical problems that bog down the action. Even with only three or four enemies on screen at once, characters have a tendency to literally disappear and reappear without warning. This isn't a big deal when the baddies are at the top of the vertical screen, but it can be real frustrating when your spaceship accidentally crashes into an invisible enemy. And while there may be dozens (or hundreds) of phases to shoot through, I will never know. The game makes you start over from the beginning every time you push start. The end result is interesting enough to check out once or twice, but probably won't be something you come back to on a regular basis.
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