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  1. As a kid growing up in the 70's and 80's I think I was exposed to some of the greatest movies and games that were ever released. The proof I have of that is that today Hollywood is remaking most of the films, and the game industry is paying homage to the games and the movies on a regular basis. The latest title to do this is Tango Fiesta by Spilt Milk Studio, a top down twin stick shooter that recalls the days of Smash TV and the co-op play of Gauntlet. The game is set in a world where the events of almost every 80's adventure movie actually happened to a man named John Strong, it is up to you to prevail against the forces of evil. Commando, Predator, Die Hard, Robo Cop, Running Man, and more are referenced. You even get to play as characters modeled after the heroes of those iconic flicks. There are 6 different characters to choose from as you start out your adventure. There are 2 seperate game modes to pick from Arcade and Story Mode, each playable with up to 4 players local co-op. The modes are basically thee same, Story takes you through the 5 worlds in order while Arcade mixes things up a bit. Each world consists of 3 different levels and a boss. In each of the levels you must complete a specific objective - either destroy some buildings, helicopters or shut down communications towers. The other main difference is that in Story mode you are able to pick a primary, secondary and throwable weapon - arcade you are limited to primary and throwable ( your secondary is automatically chosen for you ). The weapons locker in the game is a bit limited at the start of play, but as you play through the game you will unlock a more powerful arsenal. Using each hero, getting a specific number of kills, killing off bosses will all increase your fire power. But this increased popwer doesn't come cheap. Each new weapon will have to be purchased with gold that is recovered from enemies that are killed in game. With several weapons costing over $100k, and only getting $200 for most kills, there is a bit of grinding involved on getting some of the best guns. Game play is pretty straight forward. At the start of each level you are shown the objectives you need to clear before you are dropped into the level. It is then up to you if you want to just run to them, clear them out and move on, or spend time destroying lots of enemies that will keep re-spawning. For the most part you won't have to worry about health or ammunition, as you will see certain enemies with little flags above them saying that they will drop the different resources. But unfortunately they don't always drop what you need, or anything at all. This doesn't usually present a problem until the later worlds when you start to become swamped with enemies. Tango Fiesta can be played solo, but it is exponentially better the more friends you have playing with you. Not only does it make it easier to clear the higher worlds, but it is just a lot more fun slaying throngs of foes with your buddies. But bringing friends along for the ride will present a few problems as well. Friendly fire is on, so you have to make sure you knkow where you are shooting at all times. Not only that, but you all play on the same screen, so if someone falls behind, they will fall off the screen. This can be a bit disorienting for them, so you will have to make sure that everyone keeps up. And with some characters markedly slower than others, this can take a little extra team work. Unfortunately you will have to gather your friends in your game room to play because the title lacks online multiplayer support. No matter if you are looking for a game to play with your friends for a while, or something to pick up to relive the glory days of 80's action flicks, Tango Fiesta will scratch that itch. It is available now on XB1, PS4, and Steam. The title has a sticker price of $9.99. 7/10
  2. Headup Games has brought The Bit Fathers game Pixel Heroes - Byte and Magic to XB1 players. If you haven't played before, this is a very retro inspired, RPG, with turn based combat and countless hat tips to other games that came previously in the genre. This game transports you back to the early days of computer games, but this trip isn't for the faint of heart. When you first fire up the game you will notice there are three campaigns to pick from, but you must complete one before you have the ability to unlock the next one. The game starts out on Hard difficulty, moves on to Brutal, then finally ends at Insane. Each adventure consists of 8 dungeons, and each dungeon has 8 rooms for you to conquer. There are 7 rooms that minecontain either chests or enemies and the final room will be home for the area boss. Each game starts out in the tavern, where all good adventures begin. You must pick your team of 3 hearty adventurerers from the 6 random patrons that are hanging out. If you are not happy with the crowd, you can re-roll everyone up to 5 times and hope to assemble your dream team. Once your team is set and you have been given the campaign overview you venture out into town. In town you can grab new weapons, spells, potions, and pick 1 of the 2 available quests. More become available as you progress - if you make it that far. As you set out to the dungeon of your choice you will have 2-3 encounters that are very dependant on RNG. No two trips are ever the same. Gameplay is straight forward. Attack the enemy and take them out before they kill you. Once you take out the foes see if any of the loot you snagged can upgrade your party and move onto the next battle. Each hero has 2 skills, some can heal while others have special attacks that they can use once in a while. No matter if you use a skill or attack with a weapon, each party member must rest between uses - this prevents you from stacking great gear on 1 players and having them power through all the fights. If you have a team member go down in battle, it is out until you are able to finish the quest , return to town and are able to have them revived. The graphics are a complete throw back and totally wonderful. As I was playing I was transported back to the days of Nintendo games and some of my first PC RPG games. Further immersing you into this blast from the past is the chip tune music. One thing that does pull you back into the present is all that random encounters I mentioned earlier. You are gloriously treated to references from all over geekdom. Pixel Heroes - Byte and Magic is not for the easily discouraged. It will take a few games to figure out which enemies are most vulnerable to which attacks. Even once you get this down, RNG can still come along and crush your dreams by never giving you health potions, or only dropping armor suitable for a house cat. But have no fear, the developers have you covered. They have added achievements for filling up the graveyard with your less than successful bands of heroes. You will here that familiar sound after your 1st full team death, then 10, 50 and 100 teams. Pixel Heroes - Byte and Magic is now available on XB1, Steam, and iOS. The console and PC version can be added to your collections for $9.99 each, while the mobile versions are a few dollars cheaper.
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