The arcade style shmup’s been around for a long time now. Space Invaders is nearly 50 years old, and Galaga isn’t far behind. To say that the gameplay ideas for the genre have been perfected at this point would be an understatement. How do you add something new to that? Enter Habroxia, which plays more or less like any other arcade shmup you’ve seen, but with a neat twist. Instead of only playing the game on a horizontal or vertical plane, the game combines the two, creating a tantalising, two-headed monster.
Apart from the neat literal and figurative inversion of gameplay, it plays like any other shmup you’ll come across, which is to say it’s totally fine. Upgrades and enemy strength progress at an expected pace, although the late levels feel far too easy once our ship is heavily upgraded. We were having enough fun that it wasn’t a problem in the moment, but since the “story” mode is only fifteen levels, we’d have hoped for a bit more balance.
While the game is an exercise in trimming the fat, there are a handful of bonus modes once the story mode is over. Despite the barebones menus, these extras are quite the sweetener. One of the modes is vertical-only, which means you essentially get Galaga shoved in there as an add-on, then a mode where you have to rescue trapped astronauts. But all of these modes feel like they build up towards “Shield Maiden”, which is where the real challenge in the game lies. With low health and weak weapons, your goal is to survive, and after finishing up the main mode, this is where we found ourselves wanting to spend most of our time. Overall, Habroxia is a neat little arcade title with some cool ideas.
I'm surprised you didn't mention it's also on the Vita. A new game on the Vita is always great news, right?
@LieutenantFatman Came here to mention the same thing 🙂 this game seems better suited to Vita imo
Called out Playstation official blog on this today too when talking about today's release of Spirit hunter: NG on PS4. They completely ignored the vita version that also released today.
Nearly 50?!!! Space Invaders was released in 1978 and Galaga in 1981! You're about a decade too early! If you had said Computer Space you would've been more on point but if you'd said Space War you would have been a decade late. Sorry to be pedantic but as a 40 year old I'd feel quite sad if someone said I was almost 50
I like it pretty much. I had a lot of fun with it. It isn't just like any other shoot em up, it's more or less the spiritual successor to life force.
@Powerpellet Say it's got a unique little angle to it that pushes just above the rest of the pack!
I would have (and probably should have at least mentioned) if I thought the experience was any different. For what it's worth I found the experiences pretty much identical. I honestly had more fun with the PS4 version haha.
@Steel76 @hi_drnick I am intimately familiar with how old they are. Played both of them for most of my life (A lot more Galaga than Space Invaders though). Opted for saying its almost 50 cuz I was aiming for increments of quarter-century marks and it's closer to 50 than it is 25.
And there's no need to be rude @Steel76 . It's not like I said, "it is exactly 50 years old and that's that."
Yikes, I didn't think the ages of Space Invaders and Galaga would be such hot-button issues!
Interesting to know, thanks! Cool that you tested both versions.
@LieutenantFatman But of course!
Uh, sure ok,
It's got a unique little angle to it that pushes just above the rest of the pack!
As I said I find it the spiritual successor to life force which I think is above the pack. So that;s why I like it.
I'm afraid I dont need it to have a unique angle beyond that. But come to think of it, maybe if there was a monkey piloting the ship from the chimp galaxy and the ship has a talking banana drone circling it??
@Powerpellet Oh whoops bahahah, I did not mean for it say "say" like I was telling you to do so haha. Whoops!
I never really spent much time with Life Force. I played Gradius of course. Always had a soft spot for shooters of this kind. Even just the alright ones are super fun! (Not say that applies to Life Force. Just generally)
I figured you meant to say see not say, you see. I'z just funnin ya. See my addition to how Id make it more awesome.
. I recommend Black Paradox and Angerforce for the ps4 quite a lot.
I recommend playing Image fight and Gun Nac , also for the NES.
@Powerpellet Oh wow I completely forgot about Black Paradox actually haha. Angerforce too for that matter!
@Steel76 No worries!
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