Xydonia DEMO (2015)


One-level demo version of an still in-development old-school arcade/16-bit-console lookalike shmup that has everything I love about the genre: tight, utterly perfect controls, cool enemy design as well as fiendish attack patterns, beautiful pixel-graphics and exactly the right mix of gameplay and difficulty to keep you playing again and again until you beat the level with both of the two of three available ships.

It’s not terribly original, if you’ve played shmups you’ve seen all these things. Many of the enemies remind me of similar ones in other games and the gameplay is pretty much classic style with no new elements. But despite the lack of new ideas the execution is so well done that it’s easy to forgive this lack of anything new and just enjoy it for what it is, a love letter to classic shmups.

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