Don't duck out on this one
Our Exclusive MaxConsole Game Reviewer is back with yet another one of his great reviews, this week he is reviewing the new Super Destronauts 2: Go Duck Yourself for the Nintendo Wii U eShop, read on to see how it is!
It can be argued that once Nintendo opened wide the doors to small time indie developers, the amount of low quality games appearing on the eShop began to increase. While yes, that has happened over the past few years, there have also been some really good entries appearing on the eshop as well. Super Destronauts 2 - Go Duck Yourself or SD2GDY for short, falls in the latter. Developed by Petite Games on the Nintendo Web Framework, SD2GDY offers some fast paced arcade action designed for quick gaming sessions.
SD2GDY is a high score arcade games, similar to Space Invaders, in which you move side to side across the bottom of the screen, avoiding enemy fire and trying to destroy all 4 rows of enemies before being destroyed yourself. Enemies vary and so do their attacks. Some enemies shoot projectiles straight down, others have a spread shot, or wave bullets, and some even have smart missiles that seek you out. Since the focus of the game is all about achieving a hi-score, you can also collect point multipliers that enemies sometimes drop after you destroy them. If you can continue to collect these multipliers in the allotted time frame, your score will increase exponentially.
There are 4 modes available, Classic, Time Attack, Hardcore or Invaders mode and you can even challenge your friends in Multiplayer mode. All 4 modes are similar, but each one has a twist to the gameplay.
Classic mode is the standard form of playing SD2GDY. Enemies move back and forth across the screen. It's your job to kill the enemies, and also to stay alive because, being alive is better than being dead .
Time Attack mode takes away the score and gives you a timer set to 60 seconds. In those 60 seconds you must destroy all the enemies. If you succeed, you gain an additional 15 seconds. If you get struck, you lose 15 seconds. Your goal is to keep the timer ticking in order to amass the highest amount of survival time for the records.
Hardcore is just like Classic mode with the one exception being that you only get 1 life to lose. Once that's gone, it's lights out for you. As if the game wasn't difficult enough to rack up points, hardcore mode makes it truly difficult. It is certainly deserving of its namesake.
Invaders mode is exactly what it sounds like. An homage to the classic Space Invaders title from 1978. In this mode the enemies move slowly from side to side and once they reach one side of the screen, they drop down a row getting closer and closer to the player. It's an enjoyable throwback to the source material from my youth.
The graphics are bright and colorful, and the particle effects are impressive, but overall the visuals are somewhat lacking, mostly in terms of variety. It would have been nice to see different backgrounds, but there is only 1 static background to play on. The same can be said for the music as well. There are only 3 music tracks to choose from, which is a bit disappointing, considering how catchy and cool the tunes are to begin with. I only wish there had been more music tracks to choose from.
SDN2GDY is a fast paced, fun, arcade space shooter that entices players with its colorful graphics, upbeat music, multiple modes, and overall challenge to achieve the highest score. The only downside is that there isn't more when it comes to the music or visuals. In the end, I really enjoyed the challenge and fun gameplay. If you are a fan of these genres I recommend that you give SD2GDy a "shot".