ReviOUYA Review #9 – Syder Arcade

Syder Arcade, by Studio Evil, was one of the OUYA’s launch games.  Often overlooked compared to the newer games and many other games that have come out over the time.  You are a new pilot and your job is to, basically destroy every threat in your path.  While it may seem rather dull, this game is mission based, so there will be missions where you have to defend allies as well.  The game is inspired by shooters such as Uridium 2.

Graphics: 10/10

The graphics in this game are really nice, and full of detail.  The ships, the planets, even the bullets and stars have a nice amount of detail to them.  The frame rate is solid, but does get slow at times when large mobs of ships come and try to attack you at once.  What really brings the score up, though, is the filters it comes with.  Syder Arcade comes with 20 different filters, including 8bit grayscale, hipster, Apple II, as well as the Modern filter (default) .

Them onscreen buttons don’t exist in the actual game.. btw look at those pretty lights!

Sound: 8/10

The sound does the job.  It has a Sci-fi tone to it, setting the mood of the game, from giving an urgent feel throughout, to just the feeling of being alone in space.  Sound effects have no clipping issues, when there is shooting coming from all angles, and there is voice acting and voices when you pick up power ups.  The voices aren’t cheap sounding either.

Gameplay: 9/10

The game feels smooth, solid, and very well polished.  You basically have to defend your area from the incoming enemies by shooting them down.  As it is an arcade game, setting the difficulty to normal will give you quite the challenge.  There are also online leader boards, so you can always have that challenge of being at the very top.  The controls are responsive, and it has a story as well (though it doesn’t need one).

Overall:

Syder Arcade is a Shooter that take place in space.  It has a deep story, multiple missions and mode, and an online leader board.  With its fancy graphics and wonderful filters, it can feel like a different game every time.  This launch title has been overlooked and it is sad to see, as studio Evil brought a great game over to the OUYA.

Graphics: 10/10

Sounds: 8/10

Gameplay: 9/10

Overall: 9/10

Push Syder Arcade on to your OUYA Now! – Price $2.99

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