N2O: Nitrous Oxide - A Blast from the Past

Let me start this review by saying N2O: Nitrous Oxide was one of my favorite games released on the Sony PlayStation. Now that is out of the way, N2O: Nitrous Oxide was originally developed by Gremlin Interactive / Urbanscan and has been re-released on Steam by Console Classics.

N2O: Nitrous Oxide

Quick Glance:

  • Platform: PC
  • Players: 1
  • Achievements: Yes (10)
  • Steam Trading Cards:  Yes
  • Controller Support: Partial

High Level Premise - Remember Tempest? It's very similar to that type of shooter, but while constantly moving through a tube with psychedelic colors and a soundtrack by The Crystal Method. What's not to like?

Graphics/Style -  I believe that N2O originally pushed the limit of the color palette of the PlayStation system, and it translates completely to the PC. It's very futuristic and experimental, but it all works perfectly for a shooter.

Music / Sound Effects - Not many games can say their soundtrack is done by The Crystal Method. It gets you pumped and ready to shoot more stuff.

Story - In outer space near Neptune, evil is breeding a race of Super Warriors in a tube-shaped area named the Torus. Nitrous Oxide is pumped within the Torus to breed these Super Warriors at a super fast pace. Lucky for you, your Tunnel Runner also is powered by the same energy source.

Replay-ability - It's always fun to keep replaying to achieve a higher score, or to collect all of the items in a level.

Time Commitment - N2O's levels average about 3-5 minutes each, and your game can be saved after completing most levels. The boss battles take a few minutes longer, but it is definitely a game that you can come back to with ease if you need to take a break.

Value - N2O has a price point of $4.99, and if you enjoy the genre, you will get your money's worth within minutes.

Multiplayer - None.

Favorite Element - HAS to be The Crystal Method soundtrack. The Boss battles are pretty awesome as well.

The PC version of N2O: Nitrous Oxide is a near perfect port of this Playstation classic. For a game that is almost 20 years old, the fun factor still remains. I would love to see a sequel at some point, but I am not holding my breath.  The controls are smooth for both a controller as well as the keyboard. I had no issues getting the game started and it ran well on my Windows 7 PC. Feel like spending a few minutes just shooting bugs and listening to some awesome music? N2O: Nitrous Oxide is the game for you.

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