I have a lot of games in my collection but few essentials and this one is by far one of my favorites. One of the most brilliant minds in music once said, "keep it simple stupid" -J.B. (it’s also origin of K.I.S.S.) and the simplicity of Droid Assault is brilliantly done on so many different levels, from its game play, to graphics, to sound. With this title Puppygames does "K.I.S.S." proud.
The gameplay is too damn fun and it's simple, you're a droid (no, not a phone, a robot) who can take control over other enemy droids to make them friendly or you can just blast them away, friendly or not. Once the level is cleared of all enemies, repeat in the next level. You can literally create your own army of droids, that is, if you do not shoot them. There are a lot of different droids all with different attributes, abilities and weapons to make this game even more fun and interesting, along the way picking up a multitude of different power-ups.
The graphics are always very well done with Puppygames games and Droid Assault is no exception, as the contemporized old school graphics are very well designed with that Puppygames genuine style that give this game its beautiful unique flare.
Though there is no sound track to this game, which to me is the games only downfall, the atmospheric backgrounds and sound effects are immersive and well done, though you may wanna get an appropriate playlist together before you jump into this game. I do sincerely wish that Puppygames did a little more with the sound track like they did with Ultratron.
Controls are a simple WASD and mouse aim combo, or recently added by Puppygames, twin stick controller enabled. Though you do lose some aiming control using a controller. This would be my only other complaint about this game as it implores a lock on system that tends to make shooting distant or faster enemies hard to hit. This also cannot be disabled unless you are using the mouse and keyboard combo.
Also recently added by Puppygames is local co-op which gives this game additional value and replyability. Though there is no online co-op, local co-op sometimes makes fighting go beyond the computer player but with your co-op player for screen space.
Gameplay: Top Down Arena Shooter (could also be considered Twin Stick)
Graphics: Great Contemporary Old School.
Sound: Great sounds effects and atmosphere though missing the music making it overall okay.
Controls: Great with mouse and keyboard. Okay with twin sticks (the aiming is more difficult than necessary).
Replayability: OMG YES!
Overall: 9/10 (-1 for disappointing controller aiming and lack of sound track)
It's an awesome and solid game and its old school arcade-ish simplicity has me coming back time and time again. It's a great buy for any collection!