Got this game for free in a giveaway.
I was sure something was wrong, when in a promo video, for a retro-style video game, they used a modern dubstep tune.
Dead giveaway. Deeeead giveaway!
You listen to dubswtep music in a promo video and you just KNOW that people TRY to promote it.
I hate it when people use all the trends to draw attention and to show off things in a more fancy way.
On the other hand I can't blame marketing people for doing their job right.
So let's take a look at the actual game.
It is a 2D style game but it is implemented in 3D graphics.
It is like a fusion of old school Arkanoid and space invaders.
You hit aliens with a ball that bouces through walls.
Fancy and nice graphics.
Everything merge together in harmony.
Everything except explosions and gameplay. I will talk about this later.
Well... it is Electronica. I listened to tunes that you can call trance, some could be a merge of other styles like techno house beats. What is sure is that the sound is not retro, which is not a bad thing, since the music is well compressed and gives you that "action" feeling.
So what's the bad thing here?
Gameplay. It is really hard to play it even from start.
The idea would be nice if the ball wouldn't bounce SOOO fast.
Add explosions that cover the position and the direction of the ball sometimes and you got a really bad experience.
Anyway, this doesn't kill it as a game, since you can farm for lives.
At the end of each stage you get an extra life.
What kills this game is flow.
You press play, select a level, then what? It loads all right. You play it...
you end the level... and you have to WAIT to load for the next menu.
Maybe SSD HDDs have no such performance issues, but standard HDDs make this significant.
This get ou out of the gaming experince.
Not to mention that instead of floating the user through a bunch of levels, you throw him out on a menu...
WHY? You can implement upgrading on the start of each level keeping the gaming feeling alive.
On contrary we see our fancy 3D ship flying away with great animation then what? Wait and then get out of the gaming experience to enter a menu. Think of it. It looks really bad in my opinion.
Tell you what, you touch such retro concepts to make a new innovative game. That's good!
So your target group is people who recognize these games.
Most possible scenario is that modern day kids will not even give this game a chance.
You just forget one thing though.
Gamers of that era, people like me, were used to a world that serious gaming companies were making games working PERFECTLY out of the box. No patches, no fixes, no sorries, no nothing. Even renting a game for a weekend would be a bad experience. Gamers having a ruined weekend back then, would really discuss how BAD a game was. No excuses, no sorries were accepted. Nowadays people became softer. Good thing for them. I am not as soft as they are though. And many people of that era are like me.
Let me see the price now...
Oh! 7 Euro???
I can recommend that ONLY on a 90% discount then.
Seriously, I can understand that people worked on that, but as a consumer I wouldn't give more than that for this game.
I believe that games that work and give some joy always deserve some money.
A game will get my rate down ONLY if ut is worthless, broken or REALLY BAD in my opinion.
Every other game, I will give a recommendation even on a huge sale, like here.
It's not bad, but it isn't a game that is better than the competition.
That's always my personal opinion.