Rocket… men…

Reading impressions online before I played the game, I was of the mindset that Rocketmen could be one of the worst XBLA games yet. I was plesantly surprised. Customizable characters was an unexpected touch. Not the most detailed character editor, mostly switching models and color but still a welcome addition. Gunplay is much more slower paced and deliberate than most 2-stick shooters. Levels are based on forced scrolling through the environments which is somewhat annoying as either places you want to search are scrolled offscreen or the screen takes its good old time as you push against the edge of the screen trying to progress. Terrible running animation. The XP/Shop system could be pretty cool, but from only one level its hard to say.

Surprisingly good, potential purchase if things slow up in the future.