Welcome to our VASARA Collection Review. Unless you spent your time in Japanese arcades back in the early 2000s, you’ll be forgiven for not even knowing what VASARA is. It’s a manic shooting arcade game series that has just been released for the first time ever on home consoles and PC. This collection features 2 games, VASARA and VASARA 2.
- VASARA Collection
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: QUByte Interactive
- Publisher: QUByte Interactive
- Multiplayer: Local Co-Op (Up to 4 players)
- Available: 15th August 2019
- Price: £8.99 (U.K), $9.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K/E.U), T (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
It’s clear to see that QUByte wanted to keep this collection of games feeling as close to the originals as possible and they’ve done this by keeping an arcade-like approach including an insert coin notification, a small gameplay area flanked by colorful images and very challenging gameplay.
The graphics obviously don’t hold up to well in this day and age but they do look rather nice for their age, although, I do have a bit of a problem with the small gameplay area. I feel that making full use of the Switch’s screen size and my T.V’s in single-player would have made for better gameplay.
Gameplay in each title is fairly straightforward and both games are viewed from an overhead position. The idea is simply to fight your way through waves of enemies using upgradeable weapons and melee attacks. In the first VASARA players have access to screen-clearing bombs, but these have been done away with in number 2 in favor of VASARA attacks. Players can hold up to three of these attacks at once and they’re easily replenished by collecting blue gems. VASARA Attacks are present in the first title but you can only have one at a time due to the game including bombs.
Outside of the standard game mode, you’ll find the Timeless mode which actually presents more of a challenge than the standard mode as there are no difficulty settings or other options to tweak, you simply just have to play and improve yourself as you go. This is a completely new mode that offers better graphics and more enhanced gameplay as well as a full gameplay area.
In timeless mode, you can select from characters across both games and their mechanic will carry over, meaning if you use a character from the first game you get access to one VASARA Attack and bombs, but if you use a character from the second game you get access to three Attacks instead of one. In this mode up to 4 players can play the game at once, making for some seriously fun moments, but in all honesty the more players you have the better as this is a real challenge on your own.
In conclusion, VASARA Collection is a fun little gem of a game that mixes old-style arcade elements with new hardware to create a game that manages to entertain and please at the same time, all while being really cheap.
That concludes our VASARA Collection review. If you’d like to purchase this game on Nintendo Switch check out the links below.