Astro Avenger 2
Chances Are You never played Astro Avenger, and so missed out But now Sahmon Games have given you a second chance to experience one of the most intense and entertaining indie arcade blasters of the last few years.
While it may be more cliched than a muscle-bound hero shouting "Come get some!" in a first-person shooter, Astro Avenger II proves to be even more entertaining than its predecessor. Battling a race of alien invaders in your unique hi-tech fighter craft you must dart through a series of increasingly intense space shootouts against ever-greater numbers of enemy craft.
Fuelled by a rousing musical score, the blistering action provides breakneck and uncompromising arcade action. Enemies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from nippy, lightly armoured fighters to trundling motherships packing devastating firepower. The sheer weight of enemy numbers can often seem overwhelming, yet some excellent balancing ensures you always feel as though you've got a chance of fighting your way out of even the tightest corner.
Aiding your cause are ship upgrades that you can purchase at the end of 1 each quick-fire mission. These include upgradeable weapons, dumb and homing missiles and drones, including repair and anti missile robots that buzz , around your ship. You can even trade in your vessel for a superior model and ' enjoy more missile slots, increased battery power (used for powering your weapons) and more durable armour. You can also pick up an impressive selection of power-ups during each level, which range from invulnerability to weapon augmentations.
While the presentation and action are of a high quality, a few shortfalls prevent Astro Avenger II from truly leaving its rivals for dead. There's a distinct lack of characterisation that would give your foes substance for example, and transform them from a succession of buzzing enemy ships into a tangible, motivated foe. And a little more imagination in terms of level design wouldn't have gone astray.
Searing, epic and challenging without ever becoming frustrating, Astro Avenger II is, nevertheless, a triumph of unceasing action that'll have your trigger finger begging for mercy but your mind pleading for more.
Download Astro Avenger 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP