Parents' Guide to

Space Run Galaxy

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Repetitive space strategy shackled by shallow gameplay.

Game Windows 2016
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Repetitive gameplay in a colorful side-scrolling title can only intrigue for so long before it simply becomes boring. While Space Run Galaxy tries to spice up the action with a minor ship-construction element and tosses in the concept of offering missions to other players, along with a player-based market, the game still can't get past the simple formula that makes up every mission. Players take on a contract, load the cargo, chart the course to the delivery point, and then fly through space on a straight line with enemies coming in from the front and sides. This necessitates having weapons covering all potential attack angles, having shields to reduce damage, and having the thrusters to move through quickly. Exhibiting an understanding of what's expected and then outfitting the ship for any eventuality is vital. Of course, if a ship is damaged, players can visit the mechanic for repairs and upgrades -- assuming that players have the coin and resources while in port.

The graphics are very serviceable, and the characters are different with a lot of unnecessary attempts at humor, usually left to the robot helpers onboard the ships. But Space Run Galaxy isn't a bad game by any means; it's just not a very deep game. Yes, there's an offline component, but online interaction isn't that strong, because it's restricted only to the player market and player-offered contracts. Having other users create challenges that are so difficult as to be borderline frustrating doesn't add to the enjoyment. Space Run Galaxy would've been great if it were deeper, but it's just so shallow and repetitive that it's hard to enjoy after only a few missions.

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