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Video GameEcstatic Review
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Posted: 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Ecstatic is a fast and hard retro shooting game where you control a mechanical Spider that freezes time and shoots rockets. You need to both keep moving and keep shooting to stay alive. It's like what are sometimes described as bullet-hell games, because of the sheer number of bullets to dodge. Here though, you can only move if you are not shooting and your traversal is insect-like so it has a unique feel.

You play by directing your spider around the arena, holding a button to pause and shoot. You need to keep an eye on what enemies are appearing as well as the bullets heading towards you. You can also fire rockets out of your spider butt which give you a directional boost. Then there are fangs you can collect that let you bump into enemies to deal damage.

It's a balance of defensive and offensive play that develops in sync with the background music. This is emphasised by your limited abilities and ammo to start with. As you progress you can get power-ups that let you freeze time or enhance your aim. You can also develop your spider in a number of areas.

Unlike other retro shooting games, Ecstatic is a challenge where the long game matters. You need to carefully manage your ammo and work on developing your abilities if you are to go the distance. You can also create your own levels with the editor. These levels are synced with music that you supply as part of the creation process.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/06/2022

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Punkcake Delice (@Punkcake_Delice)




Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

You play a long-legged spider in the game that not everyone will be comfortable with.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger children may enjoying having a go, the skill based planning and strategy improvements is where this game comes to life for teenage players.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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