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Skybolt Zack

Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

67%

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Based on 6 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCNov 7, 2019
Nintendo SwitchNov 7, 2019

Developer: DEVS MUST DIE

Publisher: Green Man Gaming Publishing

Genres: Action, Adventure

A NEW GENERATION OF ARCADE GAME Skybolt Zack is the result of a unique way of mixing platformer mechanics and colour matching gameplay. Controls are tight and Zack’s ability to rocket punch, dash, focus, change direction when destroying an enemy and more, offers more depth than what meets the eye - following the “easy to learn, hard to master” mantra. It’s a platformer where you don’t jump, and a music game where you dictate your own rhythm. It feels like no other game! FEATURES - 48 frantic challenging levels that can all be completed without putting a foot back on the ground - Branching routes with different levels of difficulty - More than 15 environments divided into 5 distinct worlds - An art style combining 3D assets and digital painted textures with tons of FX and explosions! - Evolutive soundtrack inspired by famous platformers from the 90’s - More than a dozen types of robotic enemies for renewed challenges throughout the game - Dedicated speedrun and score attack modes - 2 different leaderboards: one for the best scores and one for the best times on every level - Fully customizable controls and colour-blind options - No boring dialogue! (You’d have skipped them anyway...) DIFFERENT ROUTES Discover multiple routes that lead to different exists across every level, allowing for tons of replayability! There are no difficulty settings in Skybolt Zack - beginners will take the easier lower routes, only the best will reach the upper paths to unlock the most challenging levels! SUPERPLAYER MODES In addition to the story mode, Skybolt Zack offers two additional gameplay modes for an extra challenge for the more competitive players! Time Attack - dedicated to those in search of the fastest times, providing them with tools to work on improving their run. Score Attack - ideal for those wanting to focus on achieving the possible highest score. LEADERBOARDS As focusing on scoring points and playing for the fastest time leads to very different strategies, Skybolt Zack includes 2 worldwide leaderboards: one for the highest score and one for the best times. Just go for it!
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Skybolt Zack - Launch Trailer - Out Now!

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Skybolt Zack Announcement Trailer

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It’s definitely channelling Sonic, even beyond those homing attacks. From the opening’s lead guitar lick and the vibrant blue sky of the title screen, it feels like an homage to the Sega classics of old. The colourful and chunky art style, much like the recent Mechstermination Force, straddles the line between modernity and retro cool, and it’s a visual treat for fans.

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Skybolt Zack is an action-packed, engaging but all-together a little too unforgiving action-platformer-rhythm-thing. Despite its unforgiving nature, It is a game that even the most useless of people (me) will have fun with and will offer a huge amount of replayability for those looking for a challenge due to the unique difficulty system. Looks, sounds and plays great, the first outing from Devs Must Die is one well worth giving a go.

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With a polished, colourful visual style and an excellent, reactive soundtrack, Skybolt Zack is a game with a unique feel and rewarding gameplay for players who are up for the challenge. It can be brutally unforgiving, however – and, given the tight level design, the cost of making just one tiny mistake can often feel overly punitive. It's not for everyone, then, but for those players who do get their heads around Skybolt Zack's fast pace and colour-based mechanics, there's definitely enjoyment to be had here.

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Skybolt Zack is a hard to put down, quite enjoyable, if mildly shallow, game for anyone who enjoys speed-running and score maxing. That, combined with the excellent visuals and soundtrack, makes Skybolt Zack well worth a play-through.

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