In space, no one can hear you blast aliens to smithereens. Spacejacked is a fun action-packed tower defense game now available for console so let's voyage to the unknown and see what it's all about.
Spacejacked has you play as an engineer who specializes in installing defenses that have the potential to slay hordes of alien invaders. He also has a handy blaster that he can use for additional firepower. Therefore, Spacejacked is played by warping around a space station which usually contains a few different rooms and your goal is to ensure that certain installations aren't attacked by invading aliens. To do this, you'll have to set up plenty of turrets and chase them around with your blaster. These turrets come in three varieties (lasers, guns, and stasis cannons) so figuring out what they're capable of is a part of the fun. Warping around to each room while ensuring your defenses are adequate is surprisingly intense and makes for one action-packed and challenging tower defense gameplay dynamic.
I'm happy to say that Spacejacked is one of the most delightful games that I've ever played. You'll eventually meet a cast of charming characters such as a French scientist named Marcel who can upgrade your blaster, a chum named Lee who can reprogram your base turrets, your commander Scott, a badass soldier named Revy, and Azimah who allows you to play a fun mini-game known as Metallius between missions. Metallius plays like a simple version of Gradius and it's a fun way to gather more metal which is used to purchase turrets, etc. The visuals are pixel-perfect and wonderfully animated while the music adds a fun layer of excitement to the gameplay. Overall, playing Spacejacked is simply a joy and my hat is off to developers Rotten Mage for making such a charming game.
The story campaign in Spacejacked tasks you with surviving for 20 days. Each 10 day half takes place in a different space station with the first having separate rooms and the second being interconnected. Seeing as your gathered amount of metals never really depletes (you can sell turrets for how much you paid for them), I'm grateful that you can load up previous days in case you ever find that you haven't acquired enough to progress easily. After all, upgrading your turrets to their maximum potential can cause quite a catastrophe for the alien invaders. All of that being said, I am kind of disappointed that the whole campaign is rather short. You could complete the entire story mode easily within a few hours. Also, there aren't any significant stand-out moments such as boss fights or segments that mix up the gameplay so the campaign ends up being a bit too short and unvaried as a result.
Thankfully, Spacejacked has an endless survival mode as well as a list of 20 super-tough challenges that you can attempt to complete. Although the endless mode provides an addictive experience complete with leaderboards and the ability to select from the two distinct ships, the list of challenges is absurdly difficult. I'm not one to usually complain when a game is too hard. In fact, I love a good challenge. However, these challenges are incredibly brutal and to be honest, I couldn't even complete a single one. Am I missing something? I managed to complete the entire campaign but I can't even beat one challenge?! That's silly.
Spacejacked is an impressive action-packed indie tower defense game that's full of delightful charm. If that sounds like your kind of game then do yourself a favour and give it a download. You definitely won't regret it.
- + Addictive, challenging, and action-intense tower defense gameplay
- + Bursting with fun-filled charm
- + Lots of challenges and a cool mini-game
- - Most gamers will find the challenges to be far too difficult to be fun
- - Story campaign is pretty short
- - No real stand-out moments