America’s problems can be solved by shooting things.
Social Loner Studios’ latest entry on the Xbox Live Indie channel doesn’t pull any punches and doesn’t apologize for anything. Seal Team 12 is a game for action movie enthusiasts, NES era shoot ‘em up fans and anyone who likes shooting things. Make no mistake, this isn’t the famous American special forces team, Seal Team 6, it’s Seal Team 12. They’re twice as cool.
Seal Team 12 is a top-down shoot ‘em up that will remind those of you who are as old as I am of Ikari Warrior or Guerilla War, from the old 8-bit days. You’ll control your Seal with the right stick and aim with the left, but unlike a stick shooter, you’ll have one weapon on each trigger. Right trigger will handle your basic assault rifle and the left will fire any special weapons you pick up along the way. Oh, you can also jump into a tank if you happen to find out lying around. Good times.
For the first few levels, Seal Team 12 will feel pretty simple but things will escalate quickly. In the later stages you’ll be faced with threats from all directions and these threats may require different strategies to defeat. In certain areas, enemy soldiers will continue to spawn until you destroy their barracks and the same goes for dogs and dog houses. Mix in a few fortified gun turrets, which require a well placed grenade to take out, and a couple of heavy troops and you’ll have your hands full. Luckily, you can bring a friend along to help out though (local play only).
Seal Team 12 is fun, but what really turned my head is that it is genuinely funny as well. Video Games often try to be funny, and don’t quite get there, but I had a few laughs with this one. There are fully voiced cut scenes, and action sequences, in Seal Team 12 and the dialogue satirizes a number of different subjects, often at the same time. For example, the enemy forces are called the Guardians of Destruction, or G.O.D, and they provide each new recruit with a pair of socks. Your trainer, in the tutorial level, will also explain that to open doors you shoot them because, and I quote, “America’s problems can be solved by shooting things.” Also, “door knobs are for pussies.”
Seal Team 12 is a great way to kill a few hours, or a few thousand G.O.D troops, and it will only set you back $0.99 on the Xbox Live Indie Channel.