Supercharged Robot VULKAISER is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up and an homage to 1970s giant robot anime. From developer ASTRO PORT, this game does an excellent job of giving you the feeling that you have jumped back 40 years. It also looks like a game that might have been released 20 years ago. Each of the game’s six levels is split up into episodes, with episode title cards presented before them. Aesthetically speaking, this game could have gone wrong in a multitude of ways, but ends up getting it right every time.
As the player, you pilot the Supercharged Robot VULKAISER to take on the alien threat that has invaded the Earth in 1977. By yourself, you will have enough firepower to take on waves of enemies, but where the game kicks in, is when you are able to combine with a teammate to transform the VULKAISER into a more powerful entity. This makes it far more manageable to take on the large scale waves of enemies that you will encounter later on in the game.
For someone like me who is not at all experienced with this genre of games, this game will kick your butt on the easier difficulties. More experienced fans will find hard and super hard difficulties to test your abilities. Even though I’m pretty bad at this genre, I was still able to have a good time going through the game’s six levels, which will only take you 20-30 minutes. It is a short experience, but there is a lot in terms of re-playability with the four different difficulties and leaderboards to challenge your friends.
Fans of robot anime from the 70’s and 80’s would be doing themselves a disservice by not picking up this title. For five dollars, it’s a bargain for the entertainment you will get out of Supercharged Robot VULKAISER. Of course, if you don’t like this genre, this game probably isn’t going to sway you, but if you aren’t experienced with the genre like me, why not give this a shot? You might find it to be well worth your time.