Remote Life Review

ndie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with developer Next Game Level, is on a special countdown for its inspirational Shoot-em-up Remote Life due to be released on May 27th 2022. Releasing on all console platforms, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One,  Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch, priced at a must have $18.99 / €17.99 / £14.99.

A Shooter that really kicks butt!

Angler fish attacks ship!

Top Marks

With a crazy  number of distinguishing features, neat level design, 3D  rendered  graphics, insane creature design, cool music and SFX, with the most important focus on challenging gameplay, variety and playability, Remote Life really packs a punch in a retro visionsed game fit for the 2020s.

One Man – One Vision

Remote Life has been put together by a one man production team, with a skill set that is remarkable. Inspired by seeing and playing games from the past decades that have helped formulate and create his concept, design, gameplay elements and mechanics. From Commodore 64, SNES, Sega Genesis and Amiga 500, to current consoles, he has captured the essence of those games and their playability and game feel to create his own unique game – Remote Life…

…and so the story goes

A Huge and menacing Alien Hive is approaching our planet. The only way to defeat it is to get inside and destroy it from the centre. You are John Leone, an ambitious pilot, ready to fire all his ammo inside the jaws of horror! Take your space Jet and save our planet. Discover the reason why the aliens are attacking  and experience a mysterious story behind this attack.

Insane and delightful

Insanely scary graphics, with a pointer to sci-fi films of the 80s and 90s, set in a credible alien world,  Remote life  will suck the player into the atmosphere of the game and create excitement with background music and sound effects that summon a nice balance to the pending chaos that unfolds.

A Message to Gamers

Developer, Mario Malagrino, gives a poignant message,  “For Remote Life I tried not to be inspired by any specific game. That ensures its  uniqueness in this genre. I don’t think that producing clones of other games is a great challenge . This allowed me to have a free mindset, and you can see that especially in the weapon system that is quite unique for shmups. Another thing that you do not see usually is the autosave of level progress. This allows you to finish the game in a longer timeline, and does not force you to play ‘restless’ the entire day. There are so many other features on offer”.

A level that showcases busy environments.

The Game, The Objective

To defeat each Final Boss on each level in this way the players progress until they arrive at the centre of  HIVE. Mainly because, only from the centre of the Alien Hive, humans can launch a big missile and destroy the Hive. There are also special levels where the pilot (gamer) has to escort bigger vehicles  that are carrying items that are needed to win this war. All these great features make sure that the game is really a great challenge every time you play without being boring or repetitive.

Exciting Elements:

  • Aggressive, smart and ceaseless enemy attacks
  • Use your brain to select the right weapons – there are lots
  • Fabulous auto save function
  • Unlock other spaceships that are faster and better suited
  • Special Missions
  • Guns galore with their own attributes
  • 16 levels with great final bosses 
  • Mid level bosses
  • 4 difficulty levels
  • OnScreen frame rate to impress

The Review

I am a big fan of side scrolling Shoot ’em upand been playing all the way back on the zx spectrum and always keen to try new retro styles one.

What can I say if you add a bit of R-Type and Project X with a gun turret control system which reminds me of control in Smash TV.

Its a nice visual Shoot ’em up with some mainly well paced levels. You collect power ups and can select different weapons by pressing top trigger on the controller. Like i say you control weapon with bottom trigger and use one stick to move and one to stick to rotate the weapon. There are some nice big end bosses which you would expect and the right challenge level for any old school Shootem fans. Also the more you complete the more you can rank up and open new ships. You can also when you die reselect your last level you played which for people like myself is a nice option.

To summerise nice game im not going to say its the best Shoot ’em up but certainly worth a look if you want another old school fix.

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