Review: Terra Feminarum (Steam)

The bright dancing lights of the aurora illuminates the sky of Terra Feminarum every night. However, recently the northern lights have strangely become restless and weaken. Three the most powerful shamans of the “Land of Women” are willing to investigate the matter. The road to the Pohjola shall be traveled once more.

Pros:

  • Japanese danmaku shooter graphic style.
  • 546MB Download size.
  • Graphics- Vsync, Fullscreen, Frame rate, and enemy flicker.
  • Opening tutorial (can replay from the main menu)
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Two modes- Story and arcade.
  • Three difficulties- Normal, Hard and brutal.
  • Story- Seven chapters, Boss fights with optional bonus extra enhancement missions.
  • Enhancements- Beat a boss or do the extra missions to choose from 3 enhancements which are: Speed boost, Health and ability to freeze enemy bullets for a short time.
  • Boss life bar on the screen.
  • Screen-filling bullet madness, Takes a dump over the descriptive term bullet hell.
  • Punchy soundtrack.
  • Actions- Shoot, Sprint, focus and special. Focus will have you shooting at a more direct flow. Special will take everything out on screen generally.
  • Kill enemies that drop mana, The faster you collect the more you get which a score boost as well as more mana for your special.
  • Points bang up all over the screen.
  • Rebindable keys for both keyboard and controller.
  • Each character has their own save for the story mode.
  • Three characters- Lempo, Talvikki, and Aino.
  • Each character has unique bullet patterns and specials.
  • Local leaderboard.
  • Tight responsive controls.
  • Many enemy types including some ridiculously good boss encounters.
  • Fun to play.
  • Addictive.
  • Just one more go mentality.
  • Score attackers wet dream.
  • Difficult.

Cons:

  • Opening tutorial is keyboard only with no way to activate the pad.
  • You have to configure the pad for analog support.
  • Button prompts are always keyboard.
  • Little replayability once you have done the story.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • DIFFICULT.

 

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

A pleasant game that looks really nice, Has a wonderful punchy soundtrack but is so soul-crushingly difficult to us noob shooter types that its…Amazing fun! The rush as the screen fills with bullets, The mesmerizing patterns of enemies and bullets. The lush backdrop full of animations and wonder, The game is so much fun to play that giving up out of frustration is not an option. A must for shooter fans whilst a hard kick in the face reality to new fans that must play it just to see why it is so great.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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