4 Difficulty levels
Ship speed fixed
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Developed by Pneuma Games / eastasiasoft
Published by Red Art Games in 2022
It's a cyclic thing. Every now and then people start claiming that "the old is new again", throwing nostalgic testimonies everywhere. Video games are no different. A game like Spacewing War fits the bill and is certainly bound to tickle a few soft spots if you're a fan of old systems like the Game Boy and the Game Boy Color. Even the cover art of the glove that comes with the Playstation 4 release evokes this association, to the surprise of younger audiences puzzled by its odd layout. The fact the game design does stick to primitive graphics where each pixel is clearly visible on the TV screen isn't a surprise though, just like the 4:3 ratio adopted by the developer.
- Challenge mode — Basically the same as Story mode, only with faster scrolling and slightly more challenging enemies (I think).
- Captain Uufoo's Quest — A special mode with no auto-scrolling starred by one of the enemy UFOs who wants to get back home and check if he really turned off his oven. There's only a single 4-way shot activated with □, while ○ fires one of seven spells chosen with △. Each spell consumes a varying amount of energy, which in turn is automatically accumulated as you destroy enemies. Even though it looks like Story mode, later on stage sections acquire a puzzle element with new hazards such as air currents that lift you upwards or impose mandatory descents. Performance is measured by scoring and by completion time, so my strategy to beat this mode was just to spam the first spell (shield) and use the huge laser to dispatch bosses quickly. The new final boss awaiting in the end is the only one that's a little more troublesome.
- Break the Targets — Ten non-scrolling mazes where you must destroy a selected number of round targets within a certain time limit. The same 4-way shot above applies here, but there are no spells available. Each maze has its specific set of threats, and a new icon for speed-up can be found in this mode.
- Boss Horde and Boss Horde+ — The difference between these two modes is that in the + variation you also face the final boss from Captain Uufoo's Quest and the colored upgrade star from Story/Challenge mode.
(courtesy of YouTube user and publisher eastasiasoft)