Chute Apps “Rogue Star Rescue” is a top-down roguelite/bullet hell shooter with occasional tower defence gameplay thrown in for good measure as well as the odd bit of platforming too!
Anyways, I think you get the idea. So here’s a short summary of the game’s background story.
When some pesky aliens invade your spaceship, you need to escape before you end up as dinner for them. In order to do so, you need to make your way to your means of escape: a spacecraft.
Obviously, being a demo, things are lacking, but even so. The game is still showing promise. For example, each level seems to be randomly generated.
In other words, each new game will be unique, and which can contain gaps that you have to use a jet-pack to get across as well as moving platforms.
Your character (which looks like someone from the Dilbert comics) is armed with (aside from the aforementioned jet-pack) a laser pistol with unlimited ammo and a shotgun (with limited ammo).
It’s also worth mentioning that both the laser pistol and the shotgun doesn’t just hit enemies, but the said weapons also knock them backwards. So if they are positioned correctly, it’s possible to kill several by knocking them in gaps in the map.
Other than that, occasionally killed enemies drop goodies, but most of the time its credits. So that means that you have to hunt around for extra supplies, which usually appear once you enter a room.
As for map sizes. Well, the game’s demo map is reasonably sized. So you’ll find the exit after a reasonable amount of time, at which point the game changes to tower defense mode.
And that’s when you put to use all the coins you received by killing enemies to good use, and you do so by buying traps and defenses to deal with the waves of oncoming aliens!
And once the main wave has been dealt with, a boss appears at which point he is dealt with too.
This part makes for a nice change in the game with no doubt. However, whether it’s through design or not. The aliens will insist on trying to walk through your defenses, rather than follow a certain path.
Well, once it has been completed, the demo is over. I mean, sure. Whilst you can buy upgrades and there is a planet selection level, you still aren’t allowed to start a new level.
Nevertheless, in overall, “Rogue Star Rescue” is an interesting and promising roguelite bullet hell shooter for sure.
Even so, it still remains to be seen if this type of game will be popular on Kickstarter or not.
+ Title music is good, although the in-game music isn’t as good
+ Tons of different weapons and items
+ Nice simple graphics which are nicely animated
+ Random maps
+ Five different playable characters
– The game’s Kickstarter fate is unknown
– Rooms are a bit barren
– Placing items is a bit fiddly
Sound and music: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
Rogue Star Rescue is off to a good start since it’s demo does show some interesting mechanics and some nice graphics. So hopefully, with more content (and backing) f Rogue Star Rescue could become a great game over time.
Title: Rogue Star Rescue
Developer: Chute Apps
Format: PC (download)
Genre: Top down arcade shooter
Resolution: Program default
Release date: 2019-04-04
Spent time: +1 hour
Average grade internationally: N/A Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: 12+
Price: Kickstarter backed
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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