Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign
By James Whittle
After attacking mining colonies on the PlayStation 3, the carnivorous Insectocytes are now invading the Sony PlayStation Portable in Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign.
Like the PS3 Console version, The Hera Campaign is a downloadable game from the Sony PlayStation Network, so there's no need to go to HMV or Toys 'R' Us to buy it.
For gamers who haven't played the console version, Savage Moon is a real-time, tower-defence game, pitting you (the humans) against hordes of man-eating bugs called Insectocytes. Humans have spread out around the galaxies and are mining asteroids known as Imoons for precious resources. The only problem is the moons are infested with man-eating bugs. In the PSP version, a group of Imoons called the Hera Cluster has drifted into human space.
Early intelligence reports suggest that the cluster contains at least 20 Imoons, each populated with a variety of Insectocyte species. As the mission commander, it is up to you to position machine guns, snipers and anti-air gun turrets around the mining facilities to protect them from the bugs.
On each Imoon, gamers have to strategically place guns and barricades to herd the mindless bugs into kill zones that they have set up. The game has an easy learning curve and everything you need to know you can figure out in the first few maps.
The great thing about The Hera Campaign is that the game play has not suffered in the transition from the console to the PSP. The game's graphics manage to convey the harsh conditions in a mining community, and a haunting musical score complements the landscape.
This is a challenging a game, even in 'Easy Mode,' which will likely see you pressing the reset button on a regular basis. At least developer FluffyLogic's website has a level-by-level guide.
Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign is hard, tough and requires a strategic mind, but it's fun and will give you hours of tense excitement.