Wednesday 26 April 2023

Astro Warrior (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1986

Astro Warrior is a vertically-scrolling shooter that was bundled with either Hang On (1985) or Pit-Pot (1985).

+ Stage 1 eases players into the action by gradually revealing gameplay elements without fear of enemy projectiles.

+ Levels cleverly plant barriers that block your shots until destroyed, which adds some tension as foes swarm the environment.

+ Sense of speed is impressive and despite the huge bosses and fast moving enemies there isn't a hint of slowdown.

- Lacks content with only three short levels, and the game overcompensates by being brutally difficult in Stages 2-3.

- Losing a life and access to your items basically results in you needing to reset the game due to being too under-powered.

- The same items drop in predetermined areas, which minimises strategy and makes each play-through feel repetitive.

- Ability to hold a button down for rapid fire is pointless, and its slow burst speed forces you to continually tap instead.

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