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ZugyA DX

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs




Copyright 2005, Chinchilla Softhouse

ZugyA DX is a superb fanmade remake of ZugyA, a great freeware shooter from Sprite reviewed earlier on this site. From my earlier review of ZugyA: “Your goal in the game is to destroy space stations in each level within a strict time limit. But the stations are not huge spacelab-style targets, but are collections of small modules that are interconnected. Each module is different: turret modules, for example, will launch missiles at you, while airlock modules will launch enemy vessels. You have to therefore destroy all these “defense” modules before you are able to destroy the “headquarter” module that is key to winning the level. The game is a lot of fun to play. In contrast to most vertical shooters where the enemies come at you from the top of the screen, you can fly anywhere in the game with 6 degrees of freedom. There are also nice training courses to familiarize you with gameplay mechanics, as well as excellent afterburner effects. Another nice touch I like is how the game forces you to charge your shield before you can use it, so there is a small but important strategic element of deciding whether to use the stored-up plasma energy on the mega-shield, or on your laser.”

ZugyA DX maintains clever gameplay of the original, while enhancing the graphics and adding new levels. the Use the arrow keys control the ship’s movement, and hold down the X key to “lock” the direction of your shot. Pressing the C key will activate your plasma charge, giving a short moment of invincibility. Two thumbs up!

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