For the younger generation of gamers, the belief is that twin stick shooters started with modern day consoles with the advent of controllers like the original DualShock pad for the PlayStation with the precision offered by it’s dual joysticks making these shoot-em-ups possible. The history of these arcade shooters goes back much further though, to the heyday of the amusements arcades and classics like Ikari Warriors that managed to offer twin-stick gameplay mechanics with a single joystick controlling movement and directional fire.
But I digress… as it’s name suggests Sixty Second Shooter Deluxe takes the twin-stick shooter format that we’re now all familiar with on the PS Vita and condenses it into one of the most frantic shooters you could possibly imagine. You’ve got just one life to score as many points as possible and a set time limit of just one minute so your back is up against the wall from the instant the game starts. Whatever you see on screen that’s moving is a valid target so you just have to keep your wits about you to stay alive as long as possible… but there’s far more to it than that. There are power-ups that you can collect including smart bombs, shields, weapon boosts and more all of which are time limited but the key to getting as high a score as possible is the level system. On each level there is a portal – find this and you’re immediately transported to the next level. Your adversaries are tougher, there are more of them and the pace picks up… but everything you destroy is worth more points so there’s a strategic element to the game unseen in other shooters of this ilk. You have to ask yourself, “Do I head straight for the portal and start shooting on the higher levels or play it safe?”.
Once you’ve progressed through enough levels, more features are unlocked adding even more depth to the game and the quickfire nature of the game gives it incredible replayability. Whether you are looking for some adrenaline-fueled arcade action for a longer gaming session, or just something to fill a few minutes between RPGs, this fits the bill perfectly and is one of the best arcade games available on the Vita, let alone PSM.
Title: Sixty Second Shooter Deluxe
Developer: Happion Laboratories
Type: Twin-stick shooter
PlayStation TV Compatible: Yes