In the wake of so many great shoot-em-up games, Menace often gets overlooked. Menace was a high quality game for its time, boasting excellent, vivid graphics, great music and great playability.
That short intro sequence as our craft leaves the mothership, still looks well, and the game is a joy to play. Like most Psygnosis games, it was quite tough, but at least they gave you the option for a “rookie” mode, where you don’t have to worry about colliding with the various fronts and tentacles of the scenery.
Although each level looks great and is very different to the previous, it is a repetitive game right down to the kind of waves the enemies come in. It lacks variety and you’re also quite limited as to how much you can power up your ship. The music is great, but with the same tune throughout the game, it becomes a little tiresome.
It is a game I have a soft spot for, so I’ll always rank it favourably, despite its imperfections. It’s easy to forget this was a game from 1988 – and it is still highly enjoyable today.