Parents' Guide to

Tango Fiesta

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bloody foul-mouthed nostalgia action ultimately repetitive.

Game Mac , Windows 2015
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There's no shortage of love for the '80s, especially for the explosion-filled, cheesy action flicks of the era. Tango Fiesta revisits those days with a tongue planted firmly in its steely, square-jawed cheek. Whether it's the over-the-top "tough guy" dialogue, the VHS tapes used to select stages, or the cartoonish graphics inspired by old-school arcade shooters, everything about the game oozes nostalgia. Unfortunately, playing the nostalgia card comes with a few drawbacks. The first glaring issue with the game is its repetition. Each stage is generated from scratch when you start the mission, but the terrain and enemies are so generic that everything still just blends together. The classic controls also cause issues if you're trying to play with anything other than a game controller. Mouse and keyboard controls are frustrating, especially in a game where accuracy is important. Using a shotgun, with its conical spray of fire, or other similar weapon helps to make up for the accuracy issue, but trying to use a rifle or pistol for pinpoint shots just isn't going to happen. The limited movement and aiming ends up making Tango Fiesta much harder than it needs to be. Still, it does a great job of recreating that classic arcade feel … though with a somewhat bloodier and more foul-mouthed spin.

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