DYA Games hits another home run with their latest game, Strikey Sisters. Featuring bold and colorful pixel graphics, more great music from Dominic Ninmark, and a great value for your money, Strikey Sisters is generally similar to your "brick breaker" games of old like Breakout, Arkanoid, Thunder & Lightning, etc., and can be compared to more recent titles like Wizorb, but with a different structure and a map and ball-whacking system more similar to the oft-forgotten SNES/SFC gem, "Firestriker" (though there has yet to be a game truly like it; normal whack takes 3 hits, charged takes one to defeat enemies). In the game, players control Marie and Elene, two witches on a quest to save their pet (Sachiro) from the "evil" clutches of Lord Vanik.
You are allowed to travel to four different routes in any order of your choosing, with many levels having different enemies you can capture and add to your bestiary (with one spell card per level), gems and coins to collect, and special keys to unlock secret levels/routes (denoted by Green, Red and Blue chests unlocked by the percentage of coins you get on a stage). As such, it is very unlikely most players will satisfy every requirement in one go, adding a lot to the replayability. Players also get your basic ball abilities (multi-ball, slow ball, iron ball, fireball) and spells to turn the tide in your favor (ranging from bear traps to bombs to powerful lightning, etc.) by defeating enemies. Normal levels require you to defeat all enemies and break all blocks, but boss battles only require you to beat the boss. The good thing is that unlike most brick breaker variants, enemies keep spawning until all blocks are destroyed, so you can keep beating them and getting power-ups to help destroy hard-to-reach blocks (because almost no one likes hitting a ball around for several minutes to precisely get that last tricky block). There are many levels and secrets to find.
Another fun addition is the inclusion of co-op play (though at least one controller is required) and a neat cameo or two as well from other DYA titles. The only thing I would say is that I'm not too keen on is the game's cutscenes are voiced and... well, you'll hear some of it in this video. It's a good effort and certainly more dialogue than a game of this type normally has, but... yeaaaah. Anyway, the game is currently ninety-nine cents, so you can't go wrong. You can get the game at:
You can also go to Dominic Ninmark page for the official soundtrack:
This is a video of the game in action, showing a cameo of Bot Vice's Erin Saver. Enjoy.
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