A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You're a good guy, trying to stop bad guys. Sometimes you rescue fellow good guys … and pick up lunch.
Positive Role Models
You, your fellow soldiers trying to save the universe.
Ease of Play
The controls are a bit complicated and may take some getting used to.
Violence & Scariness
Though no humans are shown being hurt, you do a lot of shooting.
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Your character makes off-hand angry remarks when being shot at, calls enemies "fish heads."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Galak-Z: The Dimensional is a downloadable 2-D side-scrolling space shooter. Piloting a spaceship around an asteroid field, players have to take out enemy fighters and space bugs while trying to gather scrap to upgrade their ship or pick up food for lunch. Parents should be aware that the game isn't easy and, in some ways, is frustrating. If you die before you complete five missions in a row, you have to start over, without those upgrades you just bought, which might annoy younger games … and older gamers … and parents … and space bugs.
Is It Any Good?
Though it has some unnecessarily frustrating aspects, this old-school, 2-D, side-scrolling space shooter also is engaging. On the plus side, the action is nonstop, and setting it all in a wide-open asteroid field not only makes it challenging to get around, but it also means you're not limited to a linear flight path and can actually do some exploring. You can even, in a limited way, use the asteroids as cover so you can sneak up on your enemies (though they'll notice you when you start shooting at them). It also has plenty of challenge, as there are numerous missions, and the game randomly selects which one you'll go on next. Unfortunately, the game can be unnecessarily rough on you. If you don't survive five missions in a row, you don't unlock the next five missions. And not only does your ship not get repaired between missions (even though you always go back to home base), dying causes you to lose all the upgrades you've bought since the last time you died. But if you're up for the challenge, Galak-Z: The Dimensional is an engaging, old-school-flavored shooter.
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