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Developer: Choice Provisions
Space Dave!, the spiritual successor to the hit game Woah Dave!, is a modern take on the fixed shooters of yesteryear. Defend your ground against the alien onslaught! Protect your terrain from their endless arsenal of weapons!
Taking a page from classic arcade games, Space Dave! offers a seemingly infinite variety of weird and challenging alien types with varying attack patterns. If you manage to stay alive, you just might be able to build up your arsenal and collect enough power-ups to turn the tides against your would-be alien captors. That is, until the bosses show up…
And don't let its retro appearance fool you: Space Dave! is a modern game for the modern weirdo, with features such as...
Local two-player coop!
Leaderboards to prove once and for all who among your friends is the superior Dave!
A multitude of power-ups! Put an end to the alien invasion in style!
Much-needed answers to the many questions surrounding the mysterious Dave.
Eight playable characters, a few of which you may recognize...
Even if it isn't everything it could be, Space Dave! is still a damn fun shooter and the exact type of game I want to pick up when I only have a few free minutes of downtime available. It's fast, frantic, and frequently calling me back to beat my high score. The arcade scene may be deader than the Ouya, but Dave is doing his darndest to keep the spirit of its golden age alive and relevant in this modern era of gaming.
Much like Woah Dave!, Space Dave!'s ironic use of exclamation mark might fool you into thinking you're getting a particularly riveting or exciting experience for your buck. Its simple, Space Invaders tribute concept can be addictive - especially when played in local co-op - but its desire to embrace the basic building blocks of the '80s is a poisoned chalice, one that leaves you hoping it would offer more depth where there's just the same old shallow, pixelated waters.
If you are a fan of classic arcade games, I'd highly recommended Space Dave!, as it's a prime example of a great pick-up-and-play game. The addictive gameplay had me always wanting to come back for one more round over and over again, proving that Choice Provisions successfully executed on what they were trying to deliver - a solid arcade experience.