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Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun heavy-metal fantasy shooter hampered by tech issues.

Game Mac , Windows 2017
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As a frenetic shooter, this game has its charm, but its tech issues hit a sour note. It can be fun to take down enemies that swarm you, while you move out of the way to avoid their projectiles and melee attacks. The heavy metal soundtrack works well for this game's rock theme, characters and environments. The pacing and difficulty level keeps you on your toes, and challenges you without feeling like it's too easy or tough. Rooms are randomly generated, so it keeps things fresh, even when you have to repeat a level after you die. And there's many upgrades to find and use, along with the option to summon help, drop bombs, shoot exploding barrels, and use other fun ways to inflict damage.

But this Steam game has its share of issues -- namely, technical ones -- such as your player getting stuck running into a wall (and other "clipping" issues), and the odd freeze or crash. In another instance the audio was crackling, and then cut out altogether. There've been patches to the game since it released, and hopefully more on the way. Because even at only $15, a player shouldn't have to face these kinds of glitches just to play a game. Still, Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods is an above average retro shooter that's especially fun for fans of heavy metal.

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