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Review: Super Destronaut DX-2

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We all know that simplicity is king when it comes to addictive gameplay. Pong and Space Invaders prove this to be correct in their easy to pick up, but impossible to put down content. Super Destronaut DX-2 replicates this moreish action with its basic approach and arcade-style.

Developed by Petite Games and published by Ratalaika Games, this is a retro spaceship arcade shooter. You control a spaceship that has one goal in mind: destroy every alien in your path. The simple premise is like the arcade classic Space Invaders, but it has a unique twist on the much-loved title.

Dodge the jumping alien fish at the bottom of the screen.

Super Destronaut DX-2 will make you scream with rage and giddy with happiness.

It’s rare that a small indie game will make you experience a range of emotions. Yet, Super Destronaut DX-2 does just that. Completing each level and achieving a gold score is an exhilarating moment. Perfection has been achieved, and you have nailed that stage. However, this high is short-lived as you are defeated repeatedly on further stages and frustration and annoyance kick in. Oh, the joys of arcade gaming, and how we love it for it.

The gameplay is split into two modes: challenge and arcade. The challenge mode is the main story mode, and it has six worlds, each comprising five stages. You will tackle a range of challenging objectives, aiming to make it to the end alive while tallying up the highest score possible. The arenas don’t change, but the enemies and the goals do.

You must alter your approach depending on the objective. Will you go out all guns blazing when you have three lives to play with, or you’ll be tactical and limit your shots in bullet mode. Time attack forces you to think quick, learn the pattern of your enemies, and wipe each wave before the time runs out.

Each goal was as fun as the others and the arcade mode allowed you to select the one you like the best. You’ll pick your favourite and attempt to hit the highest score. Each stage is random, so luck and skill are required to reach the top of the leaderboard.

Which enemy to take down first?

Different enemies require different tactics.

Like Space Invaders, you will face an array of different foes who all have special attacks. You must plan to take out the most aggressive ones first, leaving the easy prey to last. But how you choose to tackle each stage is entirely your choice. You will juggle the stage goal with the enemies in front of you and create your plan from there. It’s fast-paced, hectic, and will force you to make errors.

Taking inspiration from the 80s arcade scene, I expected there to be power-ups and plenty of weapons to choose from. Sadly, this didn’t materialise. The best you get is when you destroy a battleship and you get a temporary power boost. It was disappointing and I think the gameplay would have benefited if more weapons were added.

Super Destronaut DX-2 is eye-catching and vivid.

The bright neon colours and simple ship models make Super Destronaut DX-2 eye-catching. The simple top-down fixed screen perspective allows you to follow the action with ease. Each enemy has a unique style and colour and is instantly recognisable. The striking arcade style was a joy to look at, and though it had little variety I never tired of what I was looking at. The gameplay runs smoothly and the ability to slow down time was a great feature that allows you to dodge projectiles and annihilate your foes.

As expected from an 80s inspired game, the soundtrack is full of upbeat tones and synthesised sounds. The loud music inspires you to blast away, while the standard shrill sound effects will tweak those nostalgia strings. The scream of lasers and the boom and crash of your enemies exploding was fantastic to listen to. It doesn’t offer more than you’d expect, but you’ll enjoy it, nonetheless.

Dodge the projectiles while defeating your foes.

Two buttons and an analogue stick.

This couldn’t be easier to play if the developers tried. With two buttons to press for shooting and slowing of time and the analogue to move you, you’ll master this in no time. Like the arcade greats, the difficulty never comes from how you play it, it is who, or what you come up against that makes it challenging. Super Destronaut DX-2 has captured that perfectly and you’ll know what you need to do long before you master it.

The simple indie titles do sometimes lack replay value, but this oozes replayability. With the arcade mode and quick gameplay, you’ll want to keep playing until you top each leaderboard. The simple achievement list requires a little work, but you’ll have the challenge mode completed and all achievements unlocked in a few hours.

Super Destronaut DX-2 is a great modern arcade shooter.

Quick, fun, colourful, and addictive gameplay ensures there is a lot to love about this wonderful modern arcade shooter. Super Destronaut DX-2 will have you hooked from the opening stage through to the end. I enjoyed it and recommend you to buy it here! Jump in your spaceship, destroy some aliens and hit the top of the leaderboard. 

SUMMARY

Super Destronaut DX-2 is a great example of a modern Space Invaders inspired title. With plenty of enemies to overcome and modes to play, you'll keep coming back for more. Can you survive long enough to top the leaderboard?

+ Nice retro graphics.
+ High tempo tunes.
+ Fast-paced gameplay.
+ Addictive.
- No online play.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation)
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: [email protected]

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