It happens that having started a routine clean of your attic, you go through old things in boxes and suddenly you find toys from your childhood, and the memories overwhelm you, making you forget about everything for a minute. That’s how it was with the game “Space Mercenary”.
“This time the work is really dangerous: to return the stolen sacred diamonds, which are mounted in the hull of a huge space station.” – the whole introduction in one sentence, which nevertheless accurately describes the game. You actually have to move in space to search and collect some sparkling things, and their current owners aren’t the friendliest creatures in the universe.
On launching the game your eye immediately catches upon not the foggy – smoothed and fuzzy outlines a-la “real reality” – but on the clear and clean graphics in a retro style. There is no difficulty in perceiving characters and actions on the screen, so typical of most 3D games of the latest generation. There are exactly as many details as is needed: used cartridges fly off, trunks go from the recoil, fragments from explosions scatter, and micro explosions when hit. And the meteors and space in the background – I’m just delighted – in some areas, they even cause a slight fear of heights.
Successfully placed service tunnels provide a necessary respite between battles and also represent a micro-game in which you can replenish ammunition, repair a shield, etc. You do this by swinging the crab on the walls of the technical tunnels and catching the spheres. But be careful – flying out of the tunnel upside down is not the best idea.
The music contributes a lot to create a sense of retro-ness, so well stylized. I hooked up a pair of headphones to listen and you know what I discovered? All the sounds in this game are stereo! That is, if the gun shoots to the left, then it is heard on the left, if the rocket is launched to the right, then the sound will be on the right. Unfortunately, you can’t regulate the volume of the music and effects – they can only be turned on or off.
The game “Space mercenary” is classified as an arcade game, and in fact, in order for you to perform the tasks required of you in this game, you will need skill. But it’s nice that tactics are not forgotten – i.e. damage done to defensive structures is permanent and thus can be used again given the circular surface of the space station.
The game is quite simple and the loss of your ship is not punished too severely: besides three spare ships, which can be used without losing achievements, there is also a mechanism for returning to the previous level. The game has a clear and understandable indication of how much you have progressed, both at the current level and in a global sense.
The possibility of using two types of armament on the ship (missiles and nasal cannons) seemed to me superfluous – I never left without a stock of missiles, and as already mentioned, the game is not complicated, and the recharging points are placed often enough.
Control in the game is what it should be – convenient and inconspicuous. Tilting the phone changes the trajectory of the ship, and the symmetrical zones on the screen allow you to shoot. What I don’t really like though, is that after losing a ship, I have to set a convenient speed again.
Summing up, I would say that I was happy to play a simple, light, but high-quality retro style arcade.
The game is available for free in Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grf.game.SpaceMercenary
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