Reviewed: Arcade of Neon
Release Date: 1/1/2013
Developer: Ivatrix Games
Publisher: Ivatrix Games
Platform(s): [Reviewed: Xbox Live Independent Games]
It’s been a long time since I heard good legitimate hard thumping techno bass and that is what greeted me at the menus of Arcade of Neon. This game is off to a good start already… After setting up your screen size, the player is greeted with the usual Xbox Live Arcade menus, Play, Challenges, Options, and, of course, Exit. Under the Options menu you will find the normal, SFX and Music volume, along with some unique options. AntiBS “prevents unfair loss of player’s lives such as overlapped enemies of different colors and other BS occurrences”. The wording here is classic, I am liking this more and more. Other options include controller sensitivity and player movement speed in-game.
After a quick look through the challenges menu, it reminds me that 0 of 27 have been completed and lists the available challenges to complete throughout game-play Time to get a move on and at least complete 1,seeing this 0/27 is making me sad…
Offering incredibly simplistic game controls, this game can be highly addictive. The premise is simple, change the color of your player circle using the X, Y, A, and B buttons, the colors conveniently correspond to the controller button colors. I hope you have them memorized! You use the left analog stick to move your player circle around, and if you run into an enemy circle of the same color, you get points. If it’s the same color star you get bonus life, but if it’s a different color enemy you will lose a life and a different color start, well that’s a big GAME-OVER.
This excellent entry into Xbox Live Independent Games combines quick thinking, strategy, and frantic gameplay as you race for high-scores, combo multipliers and finishing those oh so satisfying challenges. As you complete challenges, more game modes are unlocked for play with a total of 10 unique game modes to choose from. Once you have them all unlocked it will offer many different changes to the core game-play.
In preparation for this review a good couple of hours of game-play were put in, multiple challenges completed and more game modes unlocked. Definitely will be coming back to play this game more! At the incredibly bargain price of just 80 MSP (or $1 USD), this game gets a definite thumbs up for good times, endless re-playability and the joy of challenging your friends to try and top your best score!
Overall Rating: 4/5