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!”