Habroxia Is a game that I happened to find in an arcade in the 80’s. The menu screen has a chiptune soundtrack and an arcade cabinet style blurry heading. It certainly exudes that retro feel.
There are several modes to unlock during play, but you should start with story mode. However, this is a random sequence of levels and is completely unexplained. Each has its own purpose, if desired, but the variations are limited. These range from “destroy all enemy ships” to “defeat the boss” and some “rescue astronauts” are properly sprinkled. To be clear, you don’t actually have to destroy all enemy ships at those levels to complete them. Huh.
Your little boat can be shot from the front or from the side. The main weapon is the latter, which can be used with a left trigger or bumper. However, most enemies take multiple hits to destroy, and attacking them with this weapon can be very daunting. Instead, use the appropriate trigger or bumper to launch the secondary weapon from the front of the ship (it feels like it needs to be the primary weapon). This makes it much more comfortable. Or, if you have a combination of triggers and bumpers from both sides of the controller, shoot at a wider angle with a blaster spray. This is especially useful for boss battles.
Press Y to fire a special weapon. Collect ammo that falls by destroying level enemies and landscapes. Lasers and bombs are free to use, but they cannot be deployed very often and should be used strategically. In addition to this, auto-launched rockets are available early on. This is a great bonus when enemies start swarming towards you.
You can upgrade your Habroxia ship by collecting credits. Collecting credits lowers your level and gives you patience, mainly by defeating bosses. I will contact you soon. You can use credits to strengthen your shield, power up your blaster, and more. You can strengthen your shield by collecting hearts from the battlefield, but you’ll be immediately worried if you hit something. The upgrade will slow down the ship but show a noticeable improvement. This means that credits aren’t too far away, so you need to choose your upgrade carefully (slightly similar to real life).
However, the action begins fairly slowly and at a calm pace. Let’s be clear.This is not Galaga, And that’s definitely not the case R-Type. It’s somewhere in the middle. Things get busier, but upgrade the ship almost proportionally to flatten the difficulty curve somewhat. As a result, even casual players can navigate levels relatively easily.
When it comes to enemies, there are decent variations in their movement patterns and projectiles. Some fire fairly standard blasters, while others fire amazing lasers. That’s exactly what you would expect from this type of game. There is no surprise here.
However, there are many fighting bosses in Habroxia (I didn’t forget). In fact, there is one at the end of almost every level. These are simple shoot and evasion battles, except that each boss has a thicker health bar than a regular enemy. As a result, they’re a pretty boring encounter, and you’re essentially fighting twice (the second is a bit tough) but useless. Sure, at a few levels where the sole purpose is to defeat the boss, the boss is a bit more complicated, but not so much.
If desired, one Habroxia gimmick is that the plane you play switches from horizontal to vertical intermediate levels and vice versa. This is a simple switch, but it’s still pretty cool.
Habroxia doesn’t have multiplayer, but it does have a leaderboard. Sadly, they are filled with pre-loaded scores and there isn’t even an online feature here either. Defeating seemingly arbitrary scores rather than the scores worked by real people is not very satisfying.
As mentioned earlier, playing in story mode, which is the main feature of the game, unlocks some other modes. The first is aggression mode. In this mode you need to dodge as many enemy waves as possible. To make things harder, you’re essentially glued to the bottom of the screen and you can’t move up. Also, when the enemy reaches the bottom of the screen, the game is over. In this mode, the online leaderboard is unique. Still, the gameplay feels simplistic here, but to be honest, it’s probably the most fun I’ve had while playing Habroxia.
It also unlocks Astronaut Mode, an endless version of what you’re looking for in some story missions. But don’t accidentally blow up your floating friends. Otherwise, the rescue mission will end immediately.
The other is boss rush mode. It sees you facing a series of boss battles one after another. However, there are so many battles in the main game that there is little incentive to play it.
Finally, there is a shield-maiden with a very intriguing name. This is basically hardcore survival mode. You start with a single shield bar and the weakest weapon. However, while this is a very slow burner, it has at least more challenges than other modes.
Gameplay in Habroxia turned out to be similar to solving puzzles using logic, rather than honing the skills needed to win the game. Once you understand the pattern, it’s very easy to beat and less satisfying to play.
Simply put, Habroxia Xbox It’s an average game at a reasonable price. After all, it’s a pedestrian problem, and you can get the thrill of a few hours of gameplay, but you can’t fully respond to what stimulates it.
Habroxia is a game I happened to find in an arcade in the 80’s. The menu screen has a chiptune soundtrack and an arcade cabinet style blurry heading. It certainly exudes that retro feel. There are several modes to unlock during play, but you should start with story mode. However, this is a random sequence of levels and is completely unexplained. Each has its own purpose, if desired, but the variations are limited. These range from “destroy all enemy ships” to “defeat bosses” and there are some “rescue” …
Habroxia Review-Shoot Old School
Habroxia Review-Shoot Old School
- Some modes to play
- Reasonable price
- Plane switching is neat
- Boss battle is a slogan
- No challenges
- No multiplayer
- Many thanks for the free copy of the game-eastasiasoft
- Format-Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS4, PS Vita, Switch
- Version reviewed-Xbox Series X Xbox One
- Release Date-December 2020
- Price-From £ 6.69