Pang Adventures (2016)
By: DotEmu / Pastagames Genre: Shooting / Puzzle Players: 1 Difficulty: Medium
Featured Version: PC
Also Available For: PS4, Xbox One, Android, iOS
preview here a few months back, one of the numerous retro-flavoured indie projects I've been looking forward to is the latest game to feature the Pang name. Some of you may be more familiar with the series by its rather annoying American name, Buster Bros, but whatever you knew it as (and I'd like to applaud the use of the correct name here), it sure is great to see it back. Unsurprisingly it's more of a reboot than a sequel and follows a similar format to the original game: aliens have invaded and unleashed their devastating 'attack balls' on the world's major cities. It's your job (and an optional friend's) to take them all out by bursting them with your harpoon gun.
original game's fifty stages are almost doubled in number here but the locations around the world are reduced to six: Bora Bora, Death Valley, Scotland, the Arctic, Hong Kong, and Asteroid P4N6 (which is apparently the source of all the balloon-related carnage), before the final showdown with the evil alien overlord him/her/itself. Each of these is home to fifteen single-screen stages which must all be cleared of colourful bouncing death before you can move on to the next location, but en-route to it.... Wait! What's this? A boss fight! Yes that's right, for there are now scary tentacled alien bosses to dispatch, and all while you're still flying along no less, before you can finish an area proper.
RKS Score: 8/10