Welcome to our Space Cows review. Full of farts and milk, Space Cows is a twin-stick shooter/2.5D platformer game set in space and, yes you did read that properly, this game features farts, toilet plungers, cows, space, and milk, which is everything modern games normally lack.
- Space Cows
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Happy Corruption
- Publisher: ALL IN! GAMES
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 5th September 2019
- Price: £11.69 (U.K), $12.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 12 (UK/EU), T (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Taking on the role of the flatulent protagonist, Best Regards (yes that is his name) you’ll be tasked with rescuing cows in space who have been abducted. Sounds nuts right? Well, it is, but in a funny and entertaining way, I mean let’s face it even us adults laugh at toots every now and then.
If that above isn’t enough to show that this is no serious game, a brief bit of introductory text shows at the beginning and what it says is ‘The story so fart’. Yes, they added a T to far and made fart. Could these developers be any more appealing to my inner child?
To top all of that off, anytime you pause the game or start it up and move through the menu options, a loud audible fart noise is played, so if you’re on a bus you’d best be wearing earphones or failing that look at the guy next to you to try and pass the blame.
Farts and toilet humor aside, Space Cows is a fairly easy game to get the hang of. It’s a twin-stick shooter where you have to work your way through each level defeating enemies and collecting something, in this case, cows. The enemies are rather splendidly named ”Mootants” and typically appear as green blob-like monsters. Taking out these geezers is as simple as firing a toilet plunger or two at them, which is good because that’s the weapon of choice for Mr. Regards, who just happens to have an unlimited supply of the toilet unblocking tools.
There are a few different enemies you’ll come across in Space Cows and each one has its own attack per se. Some can only damage you by touching you, whilst others can shoot projectiles at you. Some take a few hits to kill, whilst some go down with one hit and then, of course, there are some that have a shield in place, which needs to be down before you can cause damage. On their own, most of these don’t present a problem, but most of the time they won’t be on their own or in small number, which is where the challenge comes in as you shoot your plungers as fast as you can and hope you survive their onslaught.
Thankfully, Mr. Regards does have a few little things to make the task of taking out hordes of enemies a bit easier. The first is a slow-motion ability which allows you to slow down time for a brief moment while you take a few out, another is a special attack that charges up as you defeat enemies. Lastly, the power of your gas can help you easily propel yourself out of the way of charging enemies whilst leaving what I imagine to be a very unpleasant odour.
Unfortunately controlling Best Regards is a bit of a chore since he doesn’t seem to stop right away and is very sensitive to even the slightest flick of the stick, it’s not too bad once you get used to it but it can cause some frustration, particularly as the levels get harder.
Anyone like Minigames? Everybody, well that’s great because the developers heard you like minigames and put a few minigames in the big game to play as you play the big game (I read that on the game’s eShop page). These minigames usually start off with you dragging a cow into a machine before the game starts. The first minigame you come across will literally have you squeezing a cow to shoot milk out of its udders into clear openings on each side, with the aim being to score the required points or more. There are a few minigame variations and whilst they don’t do much, they do add a bit more fun to the game.
There are three difficulty options to choose from in Space Cows and each one has its own different factors to help set the difficulty.
- Four lives at the beginning of the level
- Every 200 milk collected gains an extra life
- Slower Enemies
- No respect
- 3 lives at the beginning of the level
- Every 300 milk collected gains an extra life
- One checkpoint
- Just one life
- No extra lives
- No checkpoints
- ESPECIALLY NO MERCY!!!
Of course, for the purpose of this review, I played the game on Cheeasy difficulty, just to totally be able to complete the game for the review. I could totally do it on Hardcow mode but errr… time and stuff, yeah time and stuff get in the way, I’m just so busy… but I swear I could totally do it.
For the most part, Space Cows is a pretty challenging and fun platforming experience, only really let down by slightly poor controls which can cause frustration, especially in the later levels. While it may seem childish at first, this game is quite the reminder that life doesn’t always have to be so serious, so just eat those beans and toot that tooter everywhere you go.
That concludes our Space Cows review. To purchase the game on Nintendo Switch, check out the links below.