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Look At It: Every Extend Extra Extreme (Xbox 360)

Lordy, playing Akka Arrh recently reminded me that Every Extend Extra Extreme existed and it’s still such an incredible looking thing around 15 years on. Absolutely inscrutable from screenshots but makes perfect sense whilst playing! In other words, the perfect kind of videogame.

It kinda reviewed okay at the time (tho Eurogamer gave it a right kicking) but seems to be one of those XBLA releases that’s largely forgotten about. Bit of a shame because playing it again for the first time in a very long time and it’s still a bloody great game.

Outside of the Revenge mode which lets you play a twin stick variation on the game it’s a matter of the player spawning onto the screen, being given a brief moment of immunity to line their shot up and/or collect any power ups then before that immunity runs out exploding themselves in order to cause the longest, silliest, chain reaction for big money scores.

And oh my, the chain reactions are long and very very silly and the scores are so very very big. It’s ace. Completely over the top, text and colours all over the place, chains that can go on for obscene lengths of time. A sensory delight first, a game kinda sorta adjacent to that.

Yeah, sure, it’s a simple beast of a videogame and far, far from taxing but sometimes I just want to make pretty colours and shapes happen and look at a really big number.

Mind you, I can’t believe the original Every Extend is nearly twenty years old now! Cripes. This indie lark doesn’t half make time fly.

Massive pictures below the cut.

E4: Every Extend Extra Extreme – MobyGames
An updated edition of Every Extend Extra, Extreme (otherwise known as E4) takes the music based shooter to the next level, providing various forms of play as well as online modes. As with previous editions, E4 is all about timing the detonation of your…

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