What can I say about this game that hasn’t already been said? Anything I want to, it’s new.
Upon first glance of the screen shots, my first thought was that this was a throwback to the old Asteroids game from Atari. Although there are a couple of levels that may be similar, this game is not so easy.
You have the option of playing by yourself, or with up to 3 other players. And trust me, the fact that these levels grow increasingly harder the further you play you will appreciate the multiplayer option by the time you hit around level 17.
The controls are very straight forward and simple. Your left or right joystick to move and one of your triggers for speed. You will want to be careful how often you use the speed option though as it can be more of a hindrance to you than anything else. You are in a ship with two missiles that circle you. The object of the game is to navigate around the screen and slingshot the missiles around your ship to take out the enemies. This is not as easy as it sounds as you can’t touch anything with your ship at all unless you have a shield powerup.
The ability to restart on any level you have previously completed and the unlimited retries really adds to the game experience. Believe me, you’d hate to have to restart all the way back at the beginning if you died in a later level or had to quit and come back later.
The credits are unique in that they are interactive. You can’t see the next credit until you have cleared the screen of the all the letters from the first one.
This is definitely a fun game that will provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family as was proved by the fact I got kicked off my Xbox by my 7 year old son shortly after I started playing. Slingstar can easily be played by all ages as the controls are very simple.
Definitely a must own game or at the very least you must try it. It is very addictive.
Finally: for those that are interested the developer is having a contest online at their website.
Win copies of the game. Winners will be pulled daily from the people who beat the java version on the website: http://www.slingstar.net/play-the-java-original.html. Contest lasts until October 20th
Get out there, try and buy the game and have fun.
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