Day 1236: Rofaxan 2089 AD

Posted: 2014/03/30 in Indie Games

Though I was initially more excited about the Sega Genesis, I ultimately bought a TurboExpress portable and became more interested in PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 gaming. So it was with more than a little fondness that I observed the box art for “Rofaxan 2089 AD” which aped classic Turbo box art.

The PCE/TG-16 was an extremely popular system for side-scrolling R-Type-ish shooters, with “Gate of Thunder” (and its sequel “Lords of Thunder”) being high points. And clear inspiration for this game, as they had hard rock/heavy metal soundtracks (unique in their day), and this game picks up where that left off.

Controls are precise, power-ups are plentiful, and presentation is great. If you like heavy metal, then it’s definitely worth $2.99. If you don’t, though, then you might find the game a little difficult to slog through.

Here’s what the publisher (theRealDarkFact) has to say about the game:

“Rofaxan 2089 AD Has received praise from many Indie game review sites “A shooter everyone should have and I hate this type of game!” and “A hell of a trip through the nostalgia of yesteryear!” Intense action huge bosses and tons of great music provided by Thunder and Lightning make this a throwback that is very akin to Gates and Lords of Thunder! Retro Game Geeks give it a must have 8 out of 10!”

  1. Retro Game Geeks has changed the review from 8 to 9 out of 10 and Awarded us with the Must Have Game award from their site as well. As I have added to the game it seems to find that chunk of history that we can connect with from those long lost games. I know it does for me, I loved the PC engine but always wished it had the visual power of the SNES and that is what gave birth to this game. I know there are rough edges and believe it or not some of those edges are intentional to further capture that true retro feeling from those games like RType, Lords, Gates, etc. Thank you for reviewing my game. I get that you appreciated it and that is something I hope for but sometimes don’t get. Just to take the time to look is very much appreciated. We are working on two more retro games. One is a Kaboom spin off with power ups and is due out soon. The other is our take on the SNES and PS1 Metroidvania type games. To any that purchased or grabbed the demo, thank you!

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