Parents' Guide to

Super Galaxy Squadron EX

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic arcade action brings repetitive play, thin story.

Game Windows 2016
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Old-school arcade shooters have some appeal and challenge, and this game lets players visit the past to appreciate the present. Super Galaxy Squadron EX is the sequel to the year-old game of the same name (minus the "EX)", but for those who have never played the original yet have played games such as Space Invaders or Galaga, the overall mechanics and formula will have a familiar feel. There's a storyline, but it's merely a thinly veiled reason for the fast and frenetic action. The range of difficulty options on this shmup (also known as a shoot-'em-up where a lone challenger takes on a vast enemy force) creates a pathway for younger players to sample this game genre, while the harder settings will give even the die-hard veteran fits.

The graphics are bright and colorful, even if pixelated, and the sound is serviceable but hardly worth turning the sound up to enjoy. A gamepad is also mandatory to play this title at all. Though this game doesn't offer anything new to the genre and certainly can grow a bit thin with prolonged play, it's worth the look to taste what old-school arcade gaming used to be. Those looking for depth of storytelling or gameplay should look elsewhere, but those looking for fast action and arcade-like diversions might be sated by what this game offers.

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