A REVIEW BY NERNEY9
Short Version: Fast paced tower defense plus 2D run’n’gun that pushes all the right buttons. Awesome retro simplicity in gameplay (run, jump, shoot, build one of three towers) with plenty of modern features (upgrades and extra challenges galore) along with an intentionally silly story make this game utterly scrumptious.
You know those crazy dreams where a bunch of random pieces from your life / movies / video games get smushed together in a ridiculous fashion that somehow make a weird kind of perfect sense? Well, imagine a dream where Megaman lost his job and decided to instead pursue his secret wish of becoming a spaceship handyman, only to be sucked into an 80’s sci-fi movie plot where aliens were invading the ship and only his newfound turret-building skills and rusty blasting action could save the day. This is Spacejacked in a nutshell, and it is glorious.
Spacejacked’s innovative take on the usually stagnant tower defense genre seems almost ridiculous on paper (retro-arcade 2D tower defense? Reeeally?)… but somehow, it just *works*.
You control a Mega-Man-esque engineer named Dave, blasting away at waves of various enemies while your turrets provide an abundance of heavy fire support. However, instead of one simple tower defense layout to maintain, you have *multiple* areas of a space ship to defend, with enemy waves attacking one or more areas at a time as they try to reach the ship’s core. In the few seconds between waves, you must frantically warp between rooms to tear down turrets (which refunds their entire cost) and build up new ones in the room(s) that are about to be under attack.
Simply put, I adore this game. The gameplay is fast and fun, and the frenetic action is interspersed with a quirky story that meshes well with the underlying retro-sci-fi vibe. While Tower Defense isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the beauty of Spacejacked is that it turns the usual layout-planning concept into a strategic-action-arcade mashup that anyone can enjoy. Spacejacked is the perfect example of an Indie title done right, and I highly recommend giving this delightful game a shot.