rRootage and Noiz2sa are two unique and addictive vertical shooters that breathe fresh air into the crowded, clone-prone genre of arcade shooters. What sets both games apart from other shooters are two very innovative design choices: cool abstract graphics, and pitting you exclusively against boss vessels.
The games are essentially vertical one-screen shooters in which you have to destroy increasingly tougher bosses while avoiding a staggering amount of enemy fire that seems to come from all directions. Once you kill a boss, the enemy re-spawns with tougher armor and shoots an even denser barrage at you. The graphics in both games is very slick – abstract and vector-based similar to Tempest but prettier and more crisp in an SVGA resolution. You can choose from the different fire patterns and/or difficulty levels, and the 'bare-bones' nature of the games mean they are practically infinitely replayable, even if they seem repetitive at first glance.
Last but not least is the soundtrack. In contrast to most freeware shooters whose music is absent or unmemorable, the music in rRootage and Noiz2sa are excellent, especially considering the freeware status. One thing that would have been nice is the option to switch the action to horizontal mode, but as it stands they are already very fun, addictive, and slick shooters that fans of the genre should definitely take a look. Two thumbs up, way up!Reviewed by: Underdogs