Day 160: Seizonrenda

Posted: 2011/04/18 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #160, and today’s game is “Seizonrenda”.

Comparing Seizonrenda to Asteroids is like comparing “Bad Atom Episode 1” to Gyruss. OK… well, I did do that. But in both cases it hardly does the comparison any justice at all. Seizonrenda plays like Asteroids inside a planet’s gravity well, as you orbit the planet in 360 degrees fighting asteroids and alien invaders with lightning smooth animation and blistering dual-stick gameplay.

First, from the developer (DigitalGibs):

“Seizonrenda is a frantic arcade Shoot ’em up with one objective, survive. Get into the zone with heart pounding music and nerve rattling close calls. This isn’t your parents’ asteroid game, so lock and load. Play through endless waves and climb the high score charts. Defend the human race against an unknown threat. Do your part to stop the invasion.”

One of the most interesting elements of Seizonrenda is the “Realistic” mode which gives you just one life that, once lost, ends the game. Now that’s hardcore. Thankfully, that’s merely an option, but it is an eye-catching one. Gameplay is much as you would expect, move with the left stick and shoot with the right. This is a game of survival with no winning condition, just like the arcade games of old. To help you survive you can have up to three smartbombs at any time, and they replenish relatively quickly so you’ll be using them a lot (and needing them, this game is frantic). A speed boost option can shoot you out of trouble, but may put you into other trouble, which is an unusual risk/reward system for a power-up and helps give the game a bit of a unique edge. To succeed in this game for any length of time you can never stop moving, and warning beams which will show you where asteroids will soon show up urge you to do just that.

The game plays out at such a manic pace that you might even barely notice the gorgeous polygonal, and well textured, graphics underneath. Asteroids that at times seem to number in the hundreds impede your progress across the detailed three-dimensional moon. Space rocks and alien flying saucers give off fiery explosions as your overpowered weapons mow them down, and larger rocks may take several shots before breaking apart into smaller ones (which then need to be dealt-with all over again). Thankfully, there’s a surprising amount of variety in the asteroids, nicely avoiding them looking like they came out of a cookie cutter. You’ll also be fending off a variety of flying saucers as well, which really helps the game’s presentation in a big way.

This game was 400 Microsoft Points upon release, but is now available for only 80 MSP. This is one game you’ll know by the end of the trial if it’s your thing or not, and I heartily recommend people download it and give it a whirl.

Click here to download “Seizonrenda”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.



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