|Publisher: Pangea Software Genre: Arcade
|Min OS X: 10.2.8 CPU: G4 @ 700 MHz RAM: 512 MB Graphics: 32 MB VRAM
|Nanosaur 2: Hatchling
April 5, 2004 | Eric Ford
GraphicsThe first thing you'll notice about Nanosaur 2 is the graphics engine. I can honestly say that this game bolsters some very impressive visuals. Everything from the nicely detailed landscapes to the superb weapon special effects is done beautifully. I found one or two design glitches (the most apparent being half of the hatchlings disappearing when you're flying close to the ground and turning), but nothing significant.
Another unique feature (a first in Mac OS X gaming, according to Pangea) is the ability to play the game using 3-D glasses. I found the experience to be quite interesting, but it wasn't something I particularly enjoyed. However, I'll blame that just on my opinion, and I highly suggest gamers to find some glasses (you can buy them from the game's website) and give it a shot.
As far as performance goes, Nanosaur 2 played exceptionally well on a PowerBook G4 800 MHz with a bit of the graphics flare turned on. There was some minor slow down, but nothing major. Of course, it screamed on my Dual 2 GHz Power Mac G5 that I also used for testing. Overall, it is an exceptionally designed game.
SoundNanosaur 2 features a decent soundtrack of jungle tunes that set the mood for the rest of the game. While I found them enjoyable through my initial bouts with the game, they slowly begin to get annoying as they loop around more and more as you play. Of course, that's more of a personal preference than anything else. Sound effects wise, Nanosaur 2 is pretty standard. There are unique sounds for all the weapons, standard explosions for when you destroy machines, death cries, and that's about it. There isn't any thing done particularly bad, but then again, nothing particularly good either.
ConclusionNanosaur 2: Hatchling is a solid title that should capture the attention of platformer and action gamers alike. Although simple in plot and gameplay, Nanosaur 2 more than makes up for it in nice graphics, good multiplayer (something that I sorely wish I could have played more of), and addicting gameplay. The fact that it only features three levels is the biggest disappointment, and folks that buy the title may feel ripped off. Regardless, this game shows the great potential of Pangea and I hope they release some sort of expansion pack soon.
Pros:• Nice graphics with 3-D glasses support
• Addicting, challenging gameplay
Cons:• Can get repetitive later on
• Multiplayer is only split screen
• May be too challenging for some gamers
• Only three levels (!)