Super Destronaut DX Xbox One Review
Super Destronaut DX, Space Invaders in disguise.
Now where do I start on Super Destronaut DX…. I both love and hate this game for both similar and different reasons. The first one is very simple it makes me feel really old. This is why I hate and love it for a similar reason, it takes me back to the good old days when I used to smash space invaders for hours upon hours, probably one of the happier times in my life when games where simple, didn’t take 3 days to download, just plug it in, turn it on, and away you go. But alas those days are long gone and there have been many a variation of space invaders games across the years but none of them really feel the same as they did back then.
Petite Games , the creator of Inksplosion and Midnight Deluxe has tried to give us his version of the classic old school game and to be honest he’s done an ok job. Obviously the publishers Ratalaika Games has seen potential in the developers as the original Super Destronaut firs started out on Nintendo DS, and to progress on to console is a big step for any developer as we are more demanding.
The reason I say Petite Games have done an OK job, rather then great or superb, is simply the game is far too easy and not challenging at all. Compared to the original Ds game, granted it is 100 times better, but as i said we console players are so much more demanding. The graphics have been given a generic boosts, but nothing to spectacular as they have tried to keep it as close to original as possible and i kind of appreciate it, but i always say about games bringing up the past…. don’t leave it where it is. If you want to bring a blast from the past then fine but give it the 21st century boosts that we all crave. I mean can you imagine playing space invaders with modern day graphics and A.I. that’s a game i would love to see and play.
It has had some modern touches to the game which i do like, and probably now a little competitive over. The first big thing added as an online scoreboard, however there are only 3 modes in which this is available. Classic mode, Hardcore mode and Time Attack mode, which is slightly disappointing I would have preferred to have seen a leader board in the Challenge mode as there are 30 different challenges which we all could have been fighting over, this would have been simple to do as it would be a case of time to complete the challenge.
As much as I enjoyed reminiscing the vintage years, I’m afraid we have to chalk Super Destronaut DX for what it actually is, it is a copy of a game that was made a long time ago, it has minimal graphics upgrade, it’s easy, and after 25-30 minutes gameplay and achieving maximum Gamerscore most people will not be playing it despite the leader boards. They really needed to make the achievements harder to entice more people to play. However the price of it makes it a lot more appealing as there aren’t many enjoyable games out there for less then £5.
Developer: Petite Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Price: £3.99 currently £3.39 on deals with gold
Code supplied by Ratalaika Games
Review code supplied by Ratalika Games