Those longing for an old school type shooter similar to the likes of R-Type, Turrican II, and Gradius, look no further than indie developed shoot’em up, Rigid Force Redux. Developed by com8com1 and published by Headup Games, Rigid Force Redux is a new take on the classic side-scrolling shooter genre featuring hand-crafted 3D models, stunning environments, detailed effects, and an electrifying Synthwave soundtrack.
Rigid Force Redux isn’t just a garden variety shoot’em up. There’s a surprisingly good bit of story thrown in. This isn’t just an anonymous fight against random enemies. You’ll actually learn about them and have purpose as to why you’re trying to save the galaxy. What’s nice here is that your AI companion will narrate the story too you so you don’t have to read any of it, or if you prefer to just enter the fight, skip the story completely.
Anyways, the first thing you’ll probably notice about Rigid Force Redux is just how clean and tight the graphics are. It is incredibly polished and very well done. There’s various different environments the game takes place in so it’s not just all space battles. There’s also a really good variety in enemy units as well as really good boss designs.
Gameplay of course is classic shoot’em up. Basically shoot enemies, collect power ups, to upgrade your weapons ridiculously, and defeat end bosses on each level. Basically rinse and repeat this for every level. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Like all great shoot’em ups of the past, Rigid Force Redux can be incredibly hard and challenging. The onslaught of enemies and overwhelm you without the right upgrades and if you don’t 100% learn the controls, you won’t be taking full advantage of your ships capabilities.
Your ship in incredibly powerful once upgraded. You have the ability to move around quite nimbly with either the control stick or D-pad. Pressing the B-button fires your main cannon which provides unlimited ammo. Shooting enemies provides energy orbs which fill up your energy meter. This is used to charge your main cannon to provide an even more power blast. When the energy meter depletes, you’ll go back to firing in regular mode.
I talked about other weapon upgrades above which will include things such as laser upgrades and homing missiles. You can also collect force shards which increase the number of projectiles you can shoot at once. You can collect up to four force shards to fire a total of five beams of energy simultaneously. Whats neat here is that with a press of the shoulder buttons, you can position these in a different number of ways, including behind you so you can fire on enemies in the rear. This can definitely save your butt. In addition to that, you also have a blade that can destroy enemy projectiles, however this uses up energy, so remember to keep collecting those energy orbs.
Aside from that, I recommend just to keep practicing to get good at this game. It’s incredibly challenging the further along you get and becomes way more hectic. I also suggest starting out in easy mode before working your way up to the harder difficulty settings. Like classic games of this type, you start with a limited number of lives and continues. Once you deplete these, it’s game over.
So if you’re a huge fan of classic side scrolling shoot’em up games, you should definitely give Rigid Force Redux a serious look. This is a seriously good entry into the genre that is super fun and solid. Rigid Force Redux definitely ranks up there with many of the classics and who knows, maybe in the future, players will consider this a classic as well.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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