Otra Galaxia is a dualstick, space shoot ’em up (shmup) that came out a few days ago. You star as a man and a woman who get somehow teleported to another galaxy in their ship with a bunch of hostiles ready to take them out. It is a swarm-type of shooter where you stay on one screen and the enemies swarm at you in certain patterns. This is a mission based game, so each chapter has a set of missions to go through before you get to the next chapter.
Everything in this game so far screams polish, from the animated title screen to the bullets, to shooting, to game over. Absolutely everything was well crafted. When you start you think all the ships are detailed 2D. Turns out that once you start turning your ship places do you realize it is actually all 3D rendered. You can see your ship turn when trying to aim at a different enemy. The backgrounds themselves have quite such detail to them as well. There is only one issue I have and that is when you get hit, there is no way of knowing you took damage without looking at the health bar, but this is a small thing and doesn’t impact the game in any way.
The music, along with the graphics are just as spectacular. When you start the game you are greeted with a suspenseful soundtrack, it makes you feel like you want to know what will happen next. The in game, music is no different, it simply oozes quality. The sounds aren’t too loud or too quiet, and they are adjustable in the option menu as well.
You are one ship on a playing field with enemies coming from all sides. You do notice right away though that they are coming in at a certain pattern, so it doesn’t make it too difficult to take them out. For the first few levels. The challenge does increase after a few levels though, making it tougher. The enemies also come in at different angles, and their patterns can sometimes catch you off guard. This obviously keeps the challenge there. You can also upgrade your ship, or Buy new ones as you progress through the game. On top of that, there is a story mode, you follow the story of the two people on board that ship trying to survive. The story isn’t a big part, but it does add depth to the game. There is also a survival mode, which speaks for itself. This game also allows you to set auto-fire on or off by pressing the U button on the OUYA controller. Which is handy for those who don’t like auto-fire.
This game is very well done, and very well polished. It is enjoying to look at, listen to, and play. Otra Galaxia is certainly one of the better sci-fi games that are out on the OUYA as of today. If you are a sci-fi fan, or even a shmup-junkie, I definitely say give this game a whirl.
Push Otra Galaxia on to your OUYA now! – Price: $4.99 USD