Arcade shooters are something I’ve been enjoying since their infancy in the Space Invaders and Asteroids days, and I’ve really enjoyed the modern retro movement in the indie space that has embraced classic looks and play styles and given them some modern flourish. The trick is to take on the look and feel of the classics while bringing something fresh, and perhaps unexpected, and I’ve definitely seen the results vary from title to title. Very much in the same vein as its predecessor, Destronaut DX-2 takes a bit of a kitchen sink approach in terms of the specifics of the rules in each of its modes, as well as bringing some welcome color to the table, but it would be a stretch to consider any of it inspired in any way. There are modes to play with, and some challenges to conquer if you’re so inclined, but it all falls flat and feels too generic to give it more than maybe an hour of your collective time before you’ll be itching for something a bit less bland.
Justin Nation, Score: