The first and most important thing to note about Star Renegades is that it’s gorgeous — the world is rendered in some of the most detailed and animated pixel art I’ve ever encountered. This isn’t a case of people using pixel art for budgetary reasons, these are artists embracing the chunky rawness of the pixel art aesthetic to build their world.
The Coldest Calculations
HIGH Landing on Mars with one crewman with 1 HP in a ship with 1 HP.
LOW Being rewarded for rolling double sixes by being killed instantly.
WTF Quickly resorting to cannibalism while a greenhouse is on board.
Robocop Is The Warmest Place To Hide
HIGH Finally unlocking the famous Chinatown truck.
LOW The game never explains a key power-up mechanic.
WTF I’m not okay playing as Freddy Krueger.
To Fight Steel, One Must Become Steel
HIGH Zipping through a high-tech base as everything explodes around me.
LOW A boss that’s out of bounds and impossible to shoot.
WTF Your enemy in this mission: Meteorites!
Context is everything, and the opening image that The Riftbreaker offers is a jarring one.
The Deep Space Blues
HIGH That last scene.
LOW The cooling system puzzle is a bit much.
WTF Is that a reference to the Masters of the Universe movie?
A New Life Awaits You
HIGH Excellent writing, dialogue, and visuals.
LOW Superfluous combat, hard-to-read UI.
WTF Please give the man in the moon mascot head a hug.
Holding Back Nanogeddon
HIGH The Nanotech Cult’s power plant stronghold.
LOW The boss featured on the cover art is ludicrously annoying.
WTF Hey, is that the star of the first game?!
The Brain Is Nazi-Killing Software
HIGH Playing with Nazi dolls in the office level.
LOW Spending ten minutes stuck on a puzzle because a tool failed to load.
WTF The Arkane-developed game taking a moment to mention the threat of energy walls.