Simplicity and nostalgia seem to be trending in the Play Store right now as numerous games pop-up that evoke the feeling of the retro gaming systems that many of us experienced in our childhoods.
We enjoyed them and we can only assume that you all did too since we all seem to be looking for games that recreate that for us.
The design of Deadly Fighter is one of the more interesting parts of the game. It has a distinctive black and white retro feel, almost as if you’ve picked up the brick that was the original Game Boy and popped in a cartridge.
The background is a gray grid which almost reminds us of graph paper, another school days staple, and the sprites are very simple in design, adding to that ambiance.
The font of choice for Deadly Fighter is Comic Sans and while we’d normally cringe at that particular font being used in a smartphone app, there’s something strangely nostalgic about it being a part of this game. We’ll call it a forgivable design sin.
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind Deadly Fighter is very simple: pilot a ship that is flying in dangerous airspace and make it as far as you can.
As you fly steadily in the direction of the top of the screen, enemy ships are flying toward you and firing shots to try and take you down. Slide your finger to the left or to the right to move your ship and tap to fire shots in return.
Be careful not to slide too far in either direction, as you’ll crash into a neverending stream of miniature islands which represent the boundaries of the course. Each enemy ship will drop a star you can collect for points.
You’ll also end up coming across battleships that you can destroy by dropping missiles. You’ll collect additional missiles as you destroy the enemy ships.
Your overall score for the playthrough, and ultimately your ongoing high score, will be based on how many stars you collect and battleships you destroy.
We’d like to see a little more to this game, as it has tremendous retro potential. Most shoot-em-ups have powerups that add to the variety of play and, of course, a range of enemy ships at different skill levels will add to the challenge.
Deadly Fighter is a simple game, almost too simple, and as a free game you have nothing to lose in giving it a try.
With some simple tweaks, this will be a retro gaming favorite in no time.
Deadly Fighter requires Android 4.0+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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