Nun Attack: PS Vita Game Review

Publisher/Developer: Frima Studios

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What they say: Days have gone by uncounted since the power-thirsty Fallen Nun has taken over the mortal world, spawning evil all over. In a world where Evil is taking over and prayers are no longer answered, there is only one type of divine intervention left, and it’s armed to death. Join the battle of light against darkness. Lead your squad to defeat the Fallen Nun and restore balance to the World in this epic tactical action game! Nun Attack delivers hours of hellish entertainment through exciting gameplay mechanics, intuitive touch screen controls and tongue-in-cheek character dialogues! Explore multiple worlds, equip your nuns with the most badass arsenal, level them up and fend off waves of enemies and bosses, beating some holy into hundreds of demons.

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What I say: As I’m sure you noticed, A Darker Image is a movie site in addition to our video game coverage. And am I’m sure you have also noticed that our movie coverage tends to lean a little bit to the…odd. Us cult film lovers have surely happened upon a nunsploitation film or two in our day but imagine my surprise when a nunsploitation game dropped on my beloved Vita.

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Nun Attack is a tactical action game. Everything is controller using solely the touchscreen. That includes moving, selecting targets and so on. The story is pretty simple stuff; a fallen nun has taken over the world and unleashed demons upon it. It is the nuns job to put a stop to it. You start off with one, the basic all around character. But as you progress through the levels you unlock three more nuns (the tank, the sniper, and the healer) and you also gain the ability to expand your mission crew from one nun at the beginning of the game to all four by the half way point. Your weapons are also upgradable, either by obtaining new guns through unlocks or spending the coins you earn from killing demons to enhance the guns you have. Also of not are the special abilities known as miracles. These are also unlocked as the game progresses and once you use up your initial miracles you from then on have to spend your precious coins to buy more uses. This can lead to some tough choices; do you upgrade that gun or buy another resurrection?

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The games art style is fantastic and moody, each nun has their own distinctive look and attitude and they are very fun to play in their own ways. The game also oozes atmosphere. The levels and the maps that lead to the levels look suitably spooky and run down as any good apocalypse should. Sound design is decent but not as impressive or immersive as the art style.

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The game is fun and the touch controls work great. Other than maybe Jetpack Joyride this is probably the best touch only game I have played as far as mechanics go. The only real downer about the game is how repetitive things get by the half way point. By them you have unlocked almost everything and from there a lot of grinding will be required in order to afford all the upgrades and the miracles you will surely need in order to finish the game. Thankfully the game is fairly short overall, and the grinding once completes helps the rest of the game move at a brisk pace.

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I have to admit it’s pretty cool to have a nun game to go along with my favorite nun cinema like School of the Holy Beast. If the repetitive middle section doesn’t bother you then this game is definitely worth playing. And at only $2.99 it’s a no-brainer!

Rating: 7/10

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