Every Extend Extra Reader Review
Every Extend Extra (E3) for those who don't know is a 2D tactical puzzle shooter; if that makes sense. From the same team that brought you Lumines, E3 is a shooter with a difference, the difference being that rather than trying to not die, you must blow yourself up.
Various formations of enemies enter the screen at varying speeds and you must time your 'suicide' in order to create the biggest explosive chain possible. Chaining over a your extend score results in your stock increasing. Once your stock has run out or the time runs out, it's game over. Simple you might think.
Collecting the Quicken icons increase the frequency of the enemy attack waves thus increasing the chaining opportunities, which in turn leads itself to you scooting around the screen dodging enemies and their bullets purely seeking a quicken, striving for that 60+ chain.
The bosses are beautiful and at points almost engulf the entire screen, which will keep the itchy finger bullet dodging fraternity more than satisfied. Most require certain conditions to defeat them (chain 5 or more, 12 or more, or a number of hits) and skill is required to ensure that you have enough stock and enough time to clear the boss.
As you would expect coming from the Lumines team, the music suits the game perfectly with the music tempo going hand in hand with your Quicken stock, it can really get the heart (and mind) racing.
The graphics are not mind blowing however the gameplay is and after all that's what counts.
I could go on, but i feel the review above is starting to be more of a mini FAQ. So in short - an essential title especially in light of the lack of original PSP titles out there.
9 / 10