Conclusion: Ultimately Syder Arcade is not big, and nor is it clever. Instead, and to their credit, the development team have achieved what they appear to have set out to do in the first place – create a relatively well-polished and fun retro romp which is short, fast paced and simple. More content would have been nice, but at the £6.99 price tag this is sure to scratch that itch for some of you – the yearning for a modern R-Type clone.
Conclusion: For the asking price of $7.99, anyone would be hard pressed to find such a quality shmup within reach, especially one which seems to not only to celebrate, but actually relish in the difficult roots which birthed it. Naming itself a love letter to the ’90s, Syder Arcade is a great ride to a glorious, and well earned, death.
Excerpt: So, you think you’re good at videogames? You are “teh hardcorz” and play games on the hardest difficulty because you like a challenge? Modern games are just electronic babysitters, constantly handholding the player; not like those old-school games. Well, Studio Evil feels your pain and has responded with… more pain. The Italian-based indie developer has thrown down the gauntlet with their latest game, Syder Arcade .
Excerpt: It's hard to believe this long into the lifespan of PlayStation Network (PSN), or Xbox LIVE Arcade for that matter, that we have not seen a downloadable arcade hockey game to date. Being Canadian a game like this is a no-brainer for me and something I believe that we should have seen from the get go. Well the wait is over as EA Sports releases 3 on 3 NHL Arcade for PSN.
Excerpt: After those maybe 15 years there are still people having with old 8-bit computers' games. This release from Hasbro is bringing a few legendary Atari titles: Asteroids Deluxe, Gravitar, Milipede, Battlezone, Warlords. But don't expect too much, if you're into this stuff, download some emulator of Amiga, ZX Spectrum, or anything else and grab some old games on the net for heavier fun.
Summary: Syder Arcade has everything you would need from a solid and entertaining space shooter, and it’s still being worked on despite being released almost two years ago. The $9.99 investment is definitely worth it. While the game is not particularly long, gamers of a certain mindset can still find many hours of fun.
Excerpt: That's just what Studio Evil wants to bring to the table through their latest scrolling, multi directional shoot 'em up: frantic shooter action with bullets, lasers and missiles just flying everywhere. How good a job they did and why we should throw money at a product when tons of bullet-hell shooters are free can be learned just below. The story of the game focuses on an imminent attack from an unknown alien force.
Pros: Retro arcade feeling perfectly recreated, The graphic filters, You can shoot in left and right
Cons: No ship upgrades, Limited number of ships to choose from, Difficulty curve between the missions
Excerpt: I'd really like sometimes those guys who could develop deer hunting game.. just that idea :-))) Oh well.. so here are they with the remake of old arcade games, in 3D of course as everything accelerated, texturized and SGI/Cray rendered should be good, right? Ok.. we have 5 titles here. I had personally best fun with Going Ape! one, because that funny bearded jumping guy was really freaky.
Excerpt: AP2 is the sequel to Arcade Pool which was (is) well known pool simulation on PC. Even after few years I was surprised by poor looking 2D graphics engine. In the game you can choose from 9 games including 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Custom 8 & 9-Ball, Killer, Arcade Challenge, Speedball & Practice. Network multiplayer feature is supported. You can also customise your playing local rules.