GAME REVIEW: Astrodogs

Developer: Dynamic Media Triad

Publisher: Digital Tribe

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Release Date: April 8, 2022

Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch

Check out this rail shooter that’s full of mayhem, explosions, and a team of dogs that are operating space fighter ships. Explore the brightly colored levels across the galaxy in this high action game. Hope you don’t mind your captain barking orders at you!

Synopsis:

When a federation by the name “Woofer” starts attacking the planets, it’s up to you to play as a dog named Kombo in an attempt to save the universe along with a few doggie friends. You’ll roam the galaxy and defend every planet from total chaos and destruction!

Gameplay:

This is a rail-shooter game, which means you’re not controlling the path you travel, but instead are consistently nudged forward through the levels as if you’re on a train rail. As you progress in each of the levels, you’ll have a cursor to aim and a certain radius you can move your ship to dodge enemies and projectiles. There is an attack with unlimited ammo that is rapid fire, but weak. Destroying enemies helps build up your ability gauge to use more powerful abilities. These useful abilities consist of missiles, a colorful ray beam, a bomb force field and slowing down time for a brief moment. Each of these drains your ability gauge. You also can barrel roll at any moment to dodge or ricochet enemy projectiles back at them for a chance to hit. It gets overwhelming at times with the fast-paced actions and overwhelming enemies. I really enjoyed the bright and colorful cel shade art style and the creative level designs. The controls are very quick and responsive, which makes for a great gameplay experience.

Final Score: 3/5 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Each level really caught my eye, which also made it hard to read dialogue with how fast paced the action was. I really enjoyed the soundtrack, characters and art style! I could hear the dogs bark, but voice acting the dialogue instead of barking would have went a long way.

Each level is well designed and the combat is a blast with a great challenge. However, the boss fights are pretty easy and feel mediocre at times. I would recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of rail shooters or games like Starfox 64.

AstroDogs can be purchased on the Nintendo eShop for $12.99 (USD). Will you be picking up this game? Let us know in comments, or hop on over to the Boss Rush Discord!

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