This 1998 Gremlin/Fox Interactive release for the Sony PlayStation is a fast, tunnel-based shoot ’em up with trippy visuals and a pumping Crystal Method soundtrack. It was designed and programmed by the prolific Tony Crowther.
The idea of N2O is to fly down a series of tubes, blasting everything in sight, and collecting all the power-ups and bonuses that you can. As you shoot the aliens insects coming at you, the speed of the game increases, and if you manage to shoot everything put in front of you your ship can reach blistering speeds and can fly through a level quickly – if you know what you’re doing.
N2O: Nitrous Oxide can be played solo, or simultaneous cooperative two-player, which is another big selling point.
Still great to play now, N2O: Nitrous Oxide is fast, colourful, and fun. It is definitely a memorable entry in the list of British shooters of the late ’90s.