Developer: Rocket Engine Co., Ltd
Publisher: ININ Games
Platforms: PS4, Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 20/07/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Here we have another remake and it’s a fantastic one at that. I am not a massive Shoot-’em-up player but Cotton Reboot! was WAY to cute to pass up.
You play as Nata de Cotton, a young, immature, hot headed, broomstick riding, magic bullet welding witch. After an encounter with her now ‘faithful’ fairy Silk, who was looking for someone to defend the fairy world. Silk had promised Cotton all the “Willows” she could want. Willow’ are sweets that Cotton will do ANYTHING for and will let nothing stand in her way.
The story come in as short animated snippets after each level that will show Cotton going crazy for Willows and setting up the next stage.
The gameplay in Cotton Reboot! is fairly standard side-scrolling shoot-em-ups. Cotton moves from left to right, decimating everything that gets in her way. With crazy magical powers that will level up as she collects jewels that the enemies drop, making her more powerful. In the reboot version on Cotton, if she shoots the jewels the shots will split and go in a 45-degree angle up and down from the jewel. This was actually rather useful in boss battles.
Along with Cottons powers increasing, there are also powerful magic spells she can use to cause massive full screen damage or concentrated single line damage. These spells are picked up again by killing everything that wants to kill you. One magical ability I missed out on while playing until I got to stage 6 was Cottons broom can kill enemies also, fly the back of the broom in to anything that is behind her and it will eventually die.
At the end of each stage is a boss fight, theses are crazy more so on the higher difficulty. I was dying every few seconds for what seemed like an eternity. But when you beat the buggers, it’s a great feeling. One thing of note is Cotton moves slow, so instead of quick dodges you have to predict where the bullet will go.
When the going gets tough Silk is there to lend a hand, she will fly about Cotton and attack enemies she gets near, this is a great help when there is three Silk’s the game feels slightly less tense than it did before but all the while a massive challenge.
If you want more Cotton Reboot! comes with the X68000 original game that faithfully emulates Sharp’s personal computer from the 1993 version. Let me tell you it looks lovely even by today’s standards, you can see why this is one of Japan’s longest running games.
Overall Cotton Reboot! is a great remaster of a game that will test your skills to the limits. Made even better with the original game thrown in.
Any fan of shoot-em-ups you owe yourself to play Cotton Reborn!