Indie Games Spotlight for July 22nd, 2012

By mancide, 4 years ago
Inferno brings some new ideas and elements to the famous twin-stick shooter style.

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Dive into the Inferno and take a journey on an intense twin-stick adventure. Explore 30 levels, collect gold, upgrade your ship, and destroy everything in your path. Inferno is the third game in the radiangames series.

RELEASE DATE: 9/1/2010
DEVELOPER: radiangames
GENRE: Action & Adventure

Offline players 1 - 4
Offline co-op 2 - 4
Dolby Digital
One of the most common game styles on the Xbox Live Indie Games service has to be the twin-stick shooter. I know I've already highlighted several, but what radiangames Inferno does is add elements to go beyond just your basic twin-stick shooter.

Inferno adds the elements of exploration to the genre, as finding secret passages and hidden areas help you progress through the game. Also, by adding an upgrade system along with some basic RPG elements, you can customize your ship to suit your play-style. The ever present bomb-to-wipe-the-screen mechanic is here as well, however bombs are few and far between and are very expensive to purchase at the upgrade shop.

While you start the game alone, through the course of the game you can purchase drones to help you along the way. You can also upgrade your weapon systems, as well. As you dispatch enemies along your path, they will drop credits for you to spend at the upgrade shop. And if you have up to three local buddies in your living room, you can bring them along for same-screen co-op.

The difficulty curve is not so steep as to keep casual players away, and I found the game to be around two hours in length. However, radiangames has included a New Game+ mode that allows you to go back in for a new challenge. New Game+ is slightly different than your first play-through, but I'll save that surprise for you to experience on your own.

For only 80 MSP, I think radiangames has put together an outstanding game that contains lots of features that you would normally associate with a higher priced indie title.

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Credit for this story goes to Dethfuse
Written by mancide
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