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Sandeep Henry / Fri 29th Sep 2017
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A local multiplayer game that feels like a cross between Snake and Tron....complete with laser beams, plasma torpedoes and offensive shields.
This is a fast paced arcade style 2D game that, while not especially profound or fresh, is still very fun to play.
STORYLINE There is not much of a story here, as it's a casual arcade game that takes you right into the action as soon as you hit the 'Play' button.
Cosmic Kites has two basic play modes. A local multiplayer mode that lets you and your friends share the same keyboard, or add controllers to play against each other. And a single player mode that is pretty much self-explanatory.
Each time you play you gain experience, increasing your level and unlocking new powers, avatars and obstacles. The controls are very easy, with just 3 buttons that you need to remember. But this doesn't mean that mastering movement of your spirit animal will be a walk in the park.
In addition to your basic left and right turn, you have the ability to teleport short distances occasionally. When timed correctly, the teleport can save your spirit animal from getting destroyed in even the direst of situations. But it can also spell disaster in relatively safe situations if your timing is off. For example, if you just want to get to a power-up quickly and decide to teleport there. This time however, you don't notice that a huge spinning spiky circle is about to spawn in between you and the power up, with teleporting leading your spirit animal right into the circle and certain death.
So, mastering the controls can be a bit tricky and at times, annoying. But that's all part of the challenge. The game gets even more challenging when it's played in local multiplayer mode, with either your friends or just AI bots. In terms of gameplay, there's not much room for improvement as it's pretty much on point. The game is a good improvement on Snake, without adding anything substantially different.
GRAPHICS The visual aesthetics of the game are beautiful. Improvements could be possible in future versions, but the game is straightforward with the visual simplicity adding to its appeal.
The music in this game is what kept me going back for more. It may not exactly be the most suitable music for this art style or gameplay, but it certainly makes it worth playing the game.
As ridiculous as it sounds the soothing music kept me calm, and in turn helped me control the spirit animal better!
This is a simple and balanced game, with the music certainly contributing a lot towards final impressions of playing it. Cosmic Kites is a good example of different elements being brought together in a simple way.
There's a lot that could arguably be improved on, but I would still recommend this game to arcade game lovers.