Zotrix (PC)

March 23, 2015 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

As of this review, Zotrix is in Early Access, which means the game is still under development and subject to changes, patches, and all kinds of updates. The retro trend in video games remains strong, but not many of these love letters to old school gaming could pass for an actual retro game release. Zotrix proves to be a rare exception, as it has the look, feel, and texture of an actual old school game experience. The premise of Zotrix is simple, you pilot a spacecraft that needs to deliver cargo to a space station, but the journey is a most dangerous one. The enemies will attempt to destroy your ship rather than let you complete your delivery, so you have to navigate fields of bullets and other projectiles. Of course, you’re not unarmed yourself, so you can return fire and leave their ships behind as smoking husks of debris. As with most bullet hell style games, Zotrix will test your reflexes and you will certainly fail a lot, but the game never feels cheap. So when you are blown into a million pieces, you know what you did wrong and that helps you refine your technique for next time.

The game offers up a good challenge, but you can tilt the scales in your favor at times. If you succeed in your courier missions, you earn resources that you can sell and in turn, purchase upgrades. These powerful additions are temporary, but can make all the difference between life and death on your excursions. So even if your reflexes aren’t quite up to snuff, these upgrades can give you that extra edge to push through the tougher missions. But make no mistake, even with upgrades, Zotrix can be a cruel master and you’ll still likely face defeat numerous times. Also of note here is that you can shop around to find the best places to sell your resources, as different stations offer different prices. This is a small, but cool addition that gives the game a little more depth and that’s always welcome. Even in Early Access, Zotrix features crisp controls that ensure you have the best chance at success, as well as plentiful missions and tough (but fair) enemies. The game is only going to get better from here, so if you’re a fan of bullet hell space shooters, Zotrix is well worth a look.

Video: How’s it look?

The graphics are retro, so you won’t be stunned, but they present an authentic old school experience. The visuals are clean and refined, while animation is simple, but effective. This game was designed for that retro feel and on the visual front, that was nailed and then some. The colors are bright and the particles stand out, just a terrific looking retro style game.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The soundtrack continues the retro style approach, but has a more complex sound design than similar games of the past. The music is effective and never gets on your nerves, while having that old school feel. The sounds of the lasers and explosions are right where they need to be as well. While simple by modern standards, the sound design of Zotrix hits all fronts it needs to and enforces the retro texture of the rest of the game.

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