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Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition is a great enhanced port of the original game. While it does have a few more issues than its other counterpart, the additions of co-op and updated save mechanics make this an easy recommendation if you want a cheap indie title to play with friends.
Lichtspeer – is an excellent example of how to make games with similar mechanics. What would the gameplay and music are merged into one single mess of the ' 80s, neon and myths of our time. The developers of Lichthund got to do a great project with regular mechanics and at the same time, to implement it in several times better than anything I have ever seen in the same genre.
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Even the upgradable powerups, such as slowing down time or raising a shield have shared cooldowns, forcing both players to communicate their usage and what they're going to be attacking to avoid tackling the same enemies and inevitably being overrun.
All in all, Lichtspeer is a fun indie title with limited story and gameplay elements that create an overall good but somewhat lacking experience. What's here is incredibly well made, but if you're not a fan of difficult arcade-style, high-score shooters, Lichtspeer might not be right for you.
Though Lichtspeer may not be the deepest experience around, its confluence of moreish gameplay and eye-catchingly ice-cool presentation is a devilishly fun time that has the potential to spear ol' boredom right between the eyes.
At first glance, Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition does appear as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. As it happens, over time it grows to be a fun little title that is pleasingly addictive that will fill those small gaps of spare time nicely. No paywalls, no ads, and no brainless screen tapping. Just a small independent project by an equally sized development team obviously having a bit of fun with a simple concept that works.
This improved version of the game launched in 2016 still has that arcade style and uses the Joy-Con for the cooperative games. However, this game still lacks content and is too simple.
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The new elements provided a nice change, but by the conclusion I couldn't help but trust my first instincts. It tries to spice it up with some abilities, but ultimately it's about the core mechanic of throwing the spear. While fun and satisfying to nail an enemy from across the screen, the well runs dry towards the end of your journey, especially with the spike in difficulty when dealing with bosses.
Lichtspeer is mechanically simple but stylistically demented. Set in a world that throws more neon at you than a dodgy warehouse rave, its arcade style gameplay is certainly repetitive, but satisfying enough to keep your interest for a while with the solid spear-hurling gameplay at its core. The addition of co-op multiplayer is well implemented, both enjoyable in its own right and extremely easy to jump in or out of. It's a short, repetitious experience, well-suited to the Switch's portable nature, but its occasionally unfair difficulty is used to pad the game out. Additional content and a bit more variety would make this über compelling, but it's still a good time so long as you keep an eye on your blood pressure.
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition is a funny and interesting proposal that relies on an old school gameplay based on memorizing patterns and on trial and error...and this is where its qualities start receding, as Lichtspeer exaggerates on the endless number of deaths and repetition to the point of putting players off.
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Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition can be both a fun and rewarding experience for those wanting a quick challenge. Otherwise, the fun of throwing neon-colored spears at wave of enemy after enemy can wear thin fast alongside its difficulty curve, which is sure to get your blood pressure rising.
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition is nowhere near as good as it could be, yet it is still enjoyable for short bursts of gameplay. While the core mechanics are sorely lacking in variety and the stages a bit too underdesigned, boss fights stand out as the main justification for the price of admission, to the point where the spear-tossing simulator might have been a legitimate force to be reckoned with had it taken a Shadow of Colossus style approach. Fantastic art and sound direction don't make up for the underwhelming gameplay and lack of online multiplayer, but they do help mask some sore spots. Lichtspeer isn't going to engage on a deep level, nor is it an entirely positive representation of arcade design philosophy, but it can be fun in quick sessions, and there's always something interesting to make note of.