What they say: Glowing vectors, explosive particle effects and a pulse-pounding soundtrack are core elements of many modern arcade shooters – a style that Llamasoft defined with its seminal 90s tube shooter.
TxK is the spiritual successor to that genre-defining work and brings you 100 levels of engrossing score-chasing gameplay married to an outstanding soundtrack that will have your head nodding as you blast your way onto the scoreboards.
Three gameplay modes and our acclaimed Restart Best level select mode combine to bring you blissful shooting satisfaction whether you are looking to zone away an hour or two or simply dip in for five minutes to bump up a level’s score.
What I say: Ok, I have a confession to make. I bought an Atari Jaguar…on launch day. I was pretty fired up to play some Cybermorph (“Avoid the ground!”). Shortly after receiving it I realized my mistake. It was until the release of Tempest 2000 that I truly appreciated the Jaguar. That game was fantastic! As a follow-up to Arcade great Tempest, Tempest 2000 improved on the rock solid gameplay is every way. Developer Jeff Minter took a game he was passionate about and truly made it his own. Now, 20 years after that Atari release, we have a follow up. Does TxK stand up to its forbearers?
Once you fire the game up, you will see that the trippy visuals and techo beats have remained intact. The basic core of the game remains the same aswell. Stages are made of various geometrical shapes and enemies inch toward you and you must blast them before they get to you. You have a limited number of smart bombs that destroy everything on screen and give you double points as well as other earnable powerups like the ability to jump (and thus shoot at any enemies that made it to the edge), more bullets at a time, a more. The game fully envelopes you in its crazy psychedelic world and the game is a lot of fun to get lost in either for a few minutes or until your Vita battery dies (Yes, that happened to me). The vector effects honor the earlier games while the flashy particle effects give it that wow factor.
TxK is one of those games that unfortunately don’t see much anymore but the Vita excels at bringing us. Something that might not have photo realistic graphics but is a hell of a lot of fun to play. This game is an absolute blast and gets my highest recommendation!
MY HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!
Disclaimer: A PSN code for the game was provided to us for review from the publisher.