These days you will hear the words nostalgia and retro quite a lot. You especially hear it in the gaming world. I for one am a very big fan of retro-styled games so when I heard about DYSTORIA from Tri-Coastal Games I was very interested to see what this title is all about. So will DYSTORIA make you feel nostalgic or not, we shall find out below in my review.
Developer: Tri-Coastal Games
Publisher: Tri-Coastal Games, IndieHound
Release Date: 21 February 2017
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.7Ghz / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Nividia Geforce 8800 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 1.3 GB
DYSTORIA is a six-axis arcade shooter with an 80’s futuristic sci-fi feel. If you were a fan of, or even born in the 80’s and loved sci-fi B-movies and synthesiser then you will love this game. You play a nerdy guy who is hanging around the arcades in the summer of 1984 when you get abducted by aliens to take part in an arena-based battle. The best way I could describe DYSTORIA is that this is the love child of Asteroids and Tron.
The six-axis shooter aspect of the game means that you are attached to any surface, even though it appears that you can fall off any edge. This can make thing tricky as you need to look at things from a different angle and think out of the box in order to progress through the levels. In order to clear an arena you need to collect orbs and neurons. Destroy the enemy ships you see so that you can get the spare parts in order to purchase new ships later on.
You will find that the levels get more complicated as you progress through the game. There are a few areas that are no attached to the main stage and in order to explore these you must teleport to them. There are also bombs that are scattered around which allow you to break glass walls that houses some unexplored areas. Given the six-axis mechanics of this game, there are some control issues and joypads aren’t supported, but this might change with a patch so revert to the trusty keyboard and mouse.
I only briefly touched on it earlier in the review, but the retro look of the game is quite unique. I mentioned Tron mixed with Asteroids because the levels do have the polygons style of Tron while the enemies dying and the sounds they make are inspired by the classic arcade classic Asteroids. There are probably a few other franchise styles thrown in by the devs, but I shall leave that for you find if you decide to play it.
The visuals are pretty stunning and look quite polished. The specs required to play the game are not high, so it can be enjoyed by most people. The soundtrack is your typical 80’s synthesiser style, so if you were lucky enough to have lived in the 80’s then you will know what I am talking about. The game sounds are cool to, again taking inspiration from 80’s games and implementing it well.
DYSTORIA is a six-axis arcade shooter with a lot to offer. It might not be to everyone taste, given the 80’s feel to it but this should not influence the decision to play it or not. Yes the controls are a little flawed and the mechanics can get a bit confusing from time to time, but overall it is a good game and one I would recommend giving a bit of play time to.