While it has some cute charm and plays reasonably well, against the significant competition in the space it falters
Who wouldn’t love the concept of an at-times intense roguelike shooter featuring a menagerie of relatively cute little animals using some crazy weaponry? AK-xolotl pretty well runs with that idea, delivering an experience that will at least moderately challenge genre vets as you get the hang of the feel of things and the enemies you’ll face, but it also feels like it runs out of steam quite a bit quicker than some of its top-tier contemporaries. It does do something a bit different at least, including a component where you’ll discover little hatchlings that you can feed and turn into new characters to play with, and depending on what ingredients you collect you’ll even be able to put together foods to give them to influence their stats and perks a bit. On the whole if you’re not heavily invested in the space it should be pretty satisfying if you’re up for a moderate challenge, but for people who live in this space it’s going to feel like a bit of a step backwards overall with its lack of a deeper challenge and greater overall variety.
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