Sky Force Reloaded Review
Sky Force Reloaded started its life as a mobile arcade game in which you pilot an advanced aircraft holding back the tide of a hostile invasion. The PC version of the game contains great Environments, music and it even has a sense of nostalgia for those Galaga fans out there.
The concept behind the game is basic, each level features waves of enemy planes, turrets, tanks which must be destroyed in order to pass the level and get the best score you can. When destroyed, they drop stars which can be picked up and handed in as currency for upgrades and special attachments to your aircraft.
On top of destroying as many of the hostiles as possible, you’re able to save prisoners of war who have become trapped behind enemy lines. The more you save, the bigger the reward and in turn the better chance of gaining medals to unlock levels further on in the game.
However the game lacks a proper narrative. There’s some teeny bits of plot to encourage the player to fight on or to acknowledge their achievements but that’s it. Like many other arcade games it’s all about completing the levels. There’s no plot to be seen. While this isn’t a negative thing, many out there enjoy their narratives and like to be sucked into a story. This is something Sky Force Reloaded cannot provide.
The Environments of the game are what make it special. While you battle other aircraft in the sky, you soar over many different areas of the world. Each sculptured nicely with an impressive amount of detail being put into them, from arid deserts to sprawling cities; the wide range keeps the game fresh and vibrant. The amount of times I was distracted by the impressive environment is just a bit embarrassing.
A core feature is the progression system. Later on some levels become inaccessible to you, only being accessed once you have earned enough Medals. For example destroying the maximum amount of hostiles in a level or saving all the prisoners of war. Sky Force Reloaded can be challenging at times, the waves of enemies can take you off guard and result in a premature crash and burn. Going back to replay earlier levels in order to unlock later areas can be a bit of a pain. Grinding is a problem in many games and is very present here, however it is redeemed by its retro arcade feel as it plays very much like classics such as Space Invaders or the earlier mentioned Galaga. To anyone familiar the simplicity of these games, it’s what made them so great.
An armada of planes, tanks a are not the only things that stand in your way, throughout the game you encounter many boss fights that really put your skills to the test. These bosses hold considerable firepower and a hell of a lot more health than you. Each one brings a unique challenge that must be overcome quickly. If you slack off you will more than likely find yourself starting it all over again. Their designs are unique,interesting and keep the game once again fresh and fun to play. The initial challenge of the base game gives you a sense of accomplishment, sure. But once you see one of the many oversized death machines plummet to the ground you’ll certainly be hooked.
Music and sound effects are another feature that really stood out. Sky Force Reloaded is certainly a nostalgic game that will have many gamers reminiscing old times. The soundtrack helps to establish this sense of nostalgia. Each level is accompanied by a fairly basic techno track. These tracks coupled with the fantastic retro sound effects of the ships lasers and explosions really do make Sky Force seem like a spiritual successor to many great games from my childhood. Something that is sorely lacking in today’s gaming market.
- Detailed Environments
- Grinding in some areas
- Frame rate issues