Supercharged Robot VULKAISER Review (PC)

Supercharged Robot VULKAISER is a new title by Astro Port, creators of shoot ’em ups such as Satazius, Gigantic Army and Armed Seven. This time you get a hold of your own 70’s anime mecha – Vulkaiser, coupled with your buddies, VulFighter team, and professor Amamori in order to save the Earth from a formidable foe from the far reaches of space!

 

The game features simple 2D side-scrolling shoot ’em up  gameplay style. Most of the time you will be using only a single button to shoot. Upon letting go of the attack button you will activate a charged attack that accumulates after a while. There is also a bomb attack, but these are rare as you get only one from combining with your allies.

 

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The gameplay is no nonsense – You have one life with a health bar and no continues. There is the ability to combine with 4 different crafts – kaisers from your VulFighter team: Rocket, Needle, Thunder and a Drill Kaiser. Each gives you a different attack and charge. A twist here is that each of your allies also has their own life bar, so make sure to keep note of that as well. After each episode – stage, you get a message from the ally you picked. And if you keep the same ally around you will get more of their story.

 

There is Kimiko, a cute girl in her Needle Kaiser, sexy Suzuna, a Drill Kaiser girl, Yukimasa, a badass dude in his Rocket Kaiser and finally, Kaiko, a younger brother archetype in his Thunder Kaiser. Not to forget professor Amamori and the commander of the enemy army, Roz, a reoccurring mid-boss type character.

 

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What I like most about Supercharged Robot VULKAISER, isn’t its gameplay or the story but the execution. Each detail makes you feel like you are playing as a character out of some old school 70’s mecha anime, from the character designs to the cheesy theme song and even hard coded subs, reminiscent of old subbing style in anime.

 

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There are 6 stages with 4 difficulty levels and 34 achievements, as well as trading cards to collect on Steam. If you are feeling nostalgia for animes such as Combattler V and like a bit of shoot ’em up action, Supercharged Robot VULKAISER will be an enjoyable title to keep you occupied over the weekend.

 

You can pick it up on Steam for only 5 bucks.

 

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