I recently had the chance to look at some of the latest games from indie developer Curve Studios. The first game I played was Titans Attacks, a game that is a lot like a modern version of Galaga or Space Invaders. However unlike its these arcade classics there are more game play elements, such ship upgrades and new weapons.
The story of Titan Attacks is very simple. Aliens have invaded and you are the one to defend the solar system. Simple and yet filled with feelings of nostalgia. For those who do not remember the the likes of Galaga or Space Invaders, you will still have fun with this game as it has quite a bit to offer. Whilst playing the game I was told that the initial starting levels, so elegantly called Earth are in fact based on Basingstoke. This was because the games lead developer worked there and said that, if aliens invaded Earth that he would think Basingstoke would be where they would start.
From what I played there was a huge feeling of nostalgia as it reminded me of playing something similar games when I was a kid. The controls were simple and sharp with the ability to use both the Dpad or the analogue sticks, plus a few simple buttons for shooting. Unlike Galaga and Space Invaders you have upgradeable shields, so you’re able to take more each time you upgrade. You are also able to improve your weapons so they fire faster or deal out more damage, this means that the game plays differently from its predecessors and you can choose whether you want to be an offensive player or a defensive player.
With this being a preview of the title I was able to see all of the levels that were available in the game and was very happy to hear that there were different locations. They range from Earth all the way to Mars, with a total of five different locations and each one having its own range of levels. Each location upped the difficulty level and in the later levels I was able to use a far more advanced and upgraded ship, in addition the aliens become much faster and attack for longer durations.
With the ship being upgradable and having additional weapons such as smart bombs, Titan Attacks has a classic feel but with the slightly modern twist. I am looking forward to playing it from start to finish and seeing what else this game has to offer.
- Random Man 5000
Released on PS3/PS4 and PS Vita