You pilot your spacecraft along a wireframe landscape of varying colours – e.g. blue are static, while green ones move, requiring you to get from A to B via these, and moving across at the right time. It takes a bit of getting used to in terms of how your ship ‘hugs’ the landscape, but it does come in handy since if a baddie’s shouting at you, strafeing left or right can quickly get you out of harm’s way.
You can collect ship parts along the way in order to build a better ship, and while Dystoria has that ‘just one more go’ factor, not only is it mind-bending beyond belief, but it’s also immensely difficult, with some enemies that don’t hug the terrain and instead fly about zapping seemingly never-ending lightning bolts at you that drain your shield and energy quickly, leading to imminent death… and this was on level 7 with 28 enemies to kill… and this is on the NORMAL difficulty.
Think I need to change to ‘easy’ 😉
Dystoria – first-run gameplay of ’80s-inspired shooter (1080p HD) – PC – DVDfeverGames
The only other difficulty I encountered is that when you select to invert the Y axis, for flying about, this doesn’t always stick, even though the menu has it down as being in effect. I presume this is a bug which can easily be fixed, and in the meantime you can correct it by unclicking the option, resuming the game and going back into the menu to click on it again and then resuming the game again… bit of a faff, but manageable in the meantime.
However, with music that often jumps between something akin to the theme from Airwolf, and something else by Tangerine Dream, the audio is a joy to let envelop your ears.
Dystoria is released tomorrow on PC/Steam, and click on the top image for the full-size version.
Dystoria – Official trailer
- Publisher: Tri-Coastal Games
- Developer: Tri-Coastal Games
- Players: single player
- HDTV options: 1080p
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