Destronaut DX Review
Space Invaders is one of the most iconic arcade games of all time. Even those of us who didn’t grow up playing on arcade cabinets have either experienced or at least seen gameplay of this classic game, or maybe just played one of the many Space Invaders takeoffs that have come out in the years since the game’s popularity boom, which is where Destronaut DX comes in.
If you’re one of the few who don’t know what Space Invaders is, or just need a refresher – the original game put you in control of a laser cannon that can only move horizontally across the bottom of the screen. Waves of various alien-like enemies approach from the opposite side of the screen and the player is tasked with destroying them before they reach the bottom while also dodging the projectiles they fire.
Destronaut DX doesn’t offer any notable gameplay variation from the classic formula, though it does provide smooth controls across all of it’s supported platforms. Along with boasting updated visuals, different game modes, a funky soundtrack, and leaderboards to compare your scores against other players.
The game modes in Destronaut DX include the following. Classic Mode, which is essentially the same as Space Invaders where you keep playing until you lose all three of your lives. Hardcore, where the pace of the gameplay is quickened and it only takes one hit for you to receive a “Game Over” screen. Whereas in Time Attack the enemies pose no actual threat to you, instead it’s the clock you have to worry about as you race against to rack up as many points as you can in 130 seconds. And finally Challenges, where you are given a list of 30 different challenges to accomplice, for example one requires you to acquire a certain number of power-ups and another tasks you with killing a set number of enemies.
Apart from a very generic and cheap-looking main menu, the rest of the game’s presentation is very slick. The designs of the enemies are quirky and the game has a lot of nice screen transitions and other visually interesting special effects populate the playing field.
The unfortunate thing about Destronaut DX is that even with the positives I’ve mentioned, the game doesn’t offer any substantial innovations to standout from other Space Invaders takeoffs. The multiple game modes do give Destronaut DX a little variety, but not enough to recommend it to the average consumer. Though with an attractive $5 price tag, those already in the mood for a more modern version of Space Invaders to sink their teeth in will get more than their money’s worth. But for everyone else, even with it’s technical polish, Petite Games just doesn’t push the envelope in a meaningful way to satisfy.
And one last note to achievement hunters, despite the obvious potential for some difficult challenges, Destronaut DX’s achievements are ridiculously easy to achieve. By far the easiest Platinum Trophy I’ve ever earned.