I’m recommending this game with one very big caveat:
People who remember the original “Shufflepuck Cafe” from Broderbund Software will LOVE this game! It’s a great looking and VERY faithful homage to the original, right down to the broken glass and the music in one of the areas. That said, I’m not so sure it could keep the interest of today’s gamers for long.
The game is basically just air hockey. They’ve added a silly stranded-on-an-alien-planet premise, to explain what you’re even doing there, because... you know... that matters! In fact, the game gives FAR more to the player than I ever would have expected. There’s different game modes, different areas with different opponents presenting different challenges. There’s points and rankings, money, a slots game with prizes, dozens of different mallets and pucks to unlock, etc, etc.
There's even a back-story to unlock for each of the opponents you face, with their own little place in the sci-fi universe of Shufflepuck Cantina!
I’m serious... There’s a Sci-Fi Universe... for an air hockey game!
Ultimately, you’re supposed to unlock all the character’s back-stories to get “parts” for your crashed spaceship. Once you’ve done that, you'll challenge the “end boss” who has the last part, presumably so you can finally leave this charming little Tatooine knockoff!
To be honest, even as nostalgic as I am, I doubt I’ll ever actually put in enough time to get that far. But you have to admire Agharta Studio for having put so much effort and imagination into such a simple game. Bravo!