It’s hard to say if anyone expected that Hyperdimension Neptunia would become the extensive franchise that it eventually evolved into. There’s dozens of RPGs, several shooters, a couple tactical RPGs…it’s kind of nuts when you really think about it. Let’s add another to the pile with Dimension Tripper Neptune: Top Nep, a simple Space Harrier-style shoot-’em-up that will set you back a measly $5. What, you never heard of Sega’s Space Harrier?
What’s there to say about this one? It’s a simple space shooter starring Nep and her pals. You’ve got a gun, which you’ll use to shoot baddies, and a sword, which you’ll use to chop up baddies and their bullets. Successful shooting and slashing fills up a bar in the corner of the screen that, when full, summons a buddy to supplement your firepower for a while. Dodge around so you don’t get hit. There you go, that’s the game!
Not that simplicity is an issue, of course. Top Nep is an inexpensive, cute experience that’s great fanservice for Neptunia fans. Plenty of your favorite characters and enemies, including beloved villain Arfoire (does anyone even understand the joke her name is making anymore?) show up ready to help and hinder your run.
Said run’s only going to last about twenty minutes tops, by the way. Do well and you might make it onto the leaderboards! Don’t and…you won’t. I was #6 globally for a while…before the game was released. That’s my claim to fame and I won’t let anyone take it from me.
The stakes are low, as is the game’s price, so if you enjoy Neptunia and you’ve got five bucks to spare, you could do worse than Dimension Tripper Neptune: Top Nep. It scratches that long dormant Space Harrier itch you probably developed while playing Judgment. Not every game has to be a 60-hour mega-masterpiece, and many are better when they know their limitations. Sometimes five bucks for fanservice is good enough.