Every one likes a good, simple game that they can get there teeth sunk into. Todays game, Neon Tango, is based on the popular Xbox Arcade game Geometry Wars. Its great fun to play and master. In essence the game is you, in your little space ship, fighting off the horde of enemy space craft. Its a top down shooter with very simple graphics. However the game quickly becomes hard, and you have to quickly master and manage you power ups and weapons before the enemy over run the board and you sink to a terrible defeat.
To Battle Stations
Once as you launch the game and have a quick run through the settings you are placed right into the action. Using your left and right keys you can navigate your space ship. You fire with space and the laser beams travel straight out of your ship at your intended target. It takes a couple of minutes to master the controls. Many times I have ran straight into the wall. The enemy spaceship, at this point, will spawn at different rates with different levels of strength and attack.
The aim of the game is really simple. Destroy all of the enemy units on the board and then proceed to destroy the boss. The boss, as you would expect is a lot tougher and takes quite a while to beat. You can use a variety of different attacks including, primary fire, rapid fire, optional fire (which is a big power up fireball) then a lot of optional extras including a mega bomb and extra ships to name a few. You have to carefully manage each powerful as they a limited, you do however have unlimited primary and optional fire. Once as you complete the level, you enter the warp hole to move to the next challenge.
As you can see in the image above, the game is pretty hectic. You do get to grips with what is going on pretty quickly. There is extras which to appear every so often which include bonus points and shield powerup to help you on your way. In each game you have three ships, each with a limited shield life span. If you destroy every ship your yours, its game over.
I really like this game, it is simple fun to use and has over 50 levels to keep you entertained. The game does start off simple so you can get to grips with how everything works, by the time you are on level 50 it is a real challenge. There is a free demo, so if you want to waste some time I recommend you give it a download.
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Mac OS X 10.4+
Very fun, simple to play, lots of levels.
Bigger demo, multiplayer.