Killing zombies never gets old, but sometimes you just need a break. Get back to some serious old-school gaming with Syder Arcade! Syder Arcade is a love letter to Amiga games of the ‘90s, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders.
Fire torpedoes off the port bow! Now that you guys are groaning, let’s begin.
Syder Arcade is just that, an arcade game. It puts you in the pilot’s seat of a ship of your choice to navigate waves of enemies. The game features many settings including modes, graphics and controls.
The gameplay is simple, but challenging. It’s not quite bullet hell, just overwhelming numbers. To make things more challenging, the enemies can (and will) come from both directions on the screen towards you. You have to “flip” your ship to be able to take out enemies from the opposite direction.
The music is very fun. It fits the game well, and gets you in the groove to take on even the toughest enemies. It is very well composed for this type of game, and helps make it a strong contender in the arcade genre.
There are a couple of bugs I managed to trigger in this game. First of all is a common one on Linux laptops, in my case STLIS3LV02DL accelerometer. On Linux this is configured to be picked up as a joystick, however many games ignore it by blocking anything with no buttons. The other bug I encountered was a no clip bug. I somehow managed to get past the Pirate ship in level 1 without damage by passing through it as it rotated.
Overall, I’d have to give Syder Arcade a raw grilled cheese rating. It’s fun to play, but the lack of local multiplayer in an arcade style game is a little off putting. It also get’s repetitive quickly. However, it is very fun, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sidescrolling shooters.
Syder Arcade can be purchased from the following locations: