As a big fan of retro arcade games, and someone who has sunk innumerable hours to continuing to enjoy them over the years, I’m always very curious about new titles that attempt to capture their feel and make a modern game that plays like one of their contemporaries. Having played quite a few that simply haven’t made the cut I’ve also become quite aware of how much of a challenge that must be. In the case of Galacticon, though, they make it almost look easy… in this case blending elements of the classics Joust, Defender, and a variety of others to create an experience that truly looks and feels like a title I pumped far too many quarters into back in the day. Now, keep in mind, much like many classic arcade titles there are only a few phases to the game, and once you complete them all you’ll be starting right back over… just always a bit harder. That said, with a variety of tantalizing (but more risky) ways to grab more points as well as some hidden secrets you’ll need to uncover to further up your score, that isn’t to say it’s a shallow experience either. I’m not quite sure why they didn’t implement an in-game global leaderboard, though when you get a high score you’ll be able to use a QR code that will let you see where you’ve placed in the greater pantheon beyond your own console… as well as often picking up new hot tips on how to play the game more effectively. It may not be terribly deep but it has an authentic look and feel, a budget-friendly price, and if you’re an old-school arcade fan it’s absolutely likely to put a smile on your face.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.2]