Finally, there’s the retro action based game called Voxatron. The unfortunate part was that it isn’t available on Steam; you have to download it separately. I remember thinking to myself “What the hell is this all about?” when I saw the menu. The game has no storyline; instead you go through challenges and try to unlock the next level. I was skeptical with the game at first -- not knowing what it’d be about -- when I began fighting in this retro-styled game, I fell in love!
This might not be your taste of gameplay, or if you’re like me, it might be exactly what you love in a game. The challenges (levels) have a very retro kind of feel to them. The controls are very basic and so is the game. When you start, you go into a level and run around being chased by NPCs trying to kill you. To kill them, it’s simple: you just use your keypad 1, 2, 3, and 5 to shoot them. The NPCs trying to kill you appear in waves and you are given a set amount of time before each new wave of enemies appear. I especially liked this because it brought back memories of being in the arcade: playing Space Invaders or what ever else they had to offer. The issue with the game was that it was very repetitive. I had killed mob after mob of creatures and I had been over the game after a few levels.
The graphics hurt my eyes as I had moved around in the world. As you run around, the screen adjusts to where you move, it blacks out areas that are too far too see; as a result, my eyes were very strained by the third level. The graphics are basically just blocks - neon blocks. Some of which were a strobe of neon colors (this including enemies). I liked the whole retro look, but it felt like they were trying to make me have a seizure.
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The sounds were exactly what they aimed for, and exactly what you would expect when playing a game like this: Retro styled sound effects and cheesy techno. I loved every bit of it. Again, the sounds seemed to get on my nerves, but it was probably because I had been playing this game non stop. Other than that, I didn’t have any issues with the sounds.
There was plenty of extra content here. You can replay your death, Create a level, play other player-created levels ,use several different types of weapons And more! They did a great job in this section -- I can’t complain at all. I didn’t have the chance to try making a custom level -- unfortunately -- but having a quick glance at the map editor it seemed much like Blocks That Matter’s level creator.
The neon almost killed the game for me, but I changed the tint of my window and was fine after that. I highly recommend this game if you enjoy retro games or arcade games. Again, this is for a good cause so please go out and donate!