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Video Game Review: Laser Disco Defenders

Lasers, Discos and Defenders are all rolled into one neat little package, with this amazing new indie title by Out Of Bounds Games. We’ve had some prior knowledge of this game for some time, but it’s been out for a little while now and it’s time to talk about it. The developer, Alexander Birke, has actually been attending GeekOut South-West meetups for over two years now. He also kindly offered some free copies of LDD for some of our members at yesterdays meetup. Amazing stuff – but what is it all about?

Overview

Developer Out Of Bounds Games
Platforms PC (Windows, Mac), PS4, PS Vita
Windows Release October 2016
Genre Shooter/Bullet Hell
Price on Steam £6.99

Review

Story

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The galaxy is being subjected to the terrible ‘music’ of Lord Monotone, which is obviously a terrible name for someone producing music. As such, you take flight as one of the four Laser Disco Defenders to go and save everyone from a terrible, tasteless tone – and to refresh everyones memories as to what a fresh beat sounds like. Groovy, baby!

Gameplay

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The gameplay is really easy to understand here: You play as one of four characters and your goal is to get through the level by taking out all of the sentries and robotic enemies. You do this by firing off your laser at your foes, who then explode in one or a few shots. However, there are a few catches to the game, which involves controls and physics.

Let’s start with the controls: You move with the left analogue stick if using a controller (and I heavily recommend using a controller). With the right analogue stick, you control the direction that your gun faces and then with the right trigger button, you fire off a laser. That’s the majority of the controls… However! The catch to moving in this game is you need to constantly be moving, or you’ll fall down. As you’re propelled by rocket-boots of sorts, you need to control how much you move up, as well as side to side. You also need to be aware of anything striking you from above, which is when you might opt to fall down onto a platform.

Next up the physics – In this game, the most novel feature about it is the bullet-hell styled nature of it. It seems like it’s just going to be a very simple little shooter – but then you realise that when your laser hits a wall, or a reflective object… it bounces. And it’s infinite. The lasers won’t leave me alone and oh my god, sometimes I decided to outplay myself, because I’m an idiot like that and boom! lasers are everywhere and I don’t know how to survive. SEND HELP!

Graphics

We love to let the audience be the judge of graphics, as we believe reviewing an indie game on graphics is a little bit harsh. Still, how I feel about it is that the game presents itself in a very cartoony manner – But this plays in its favour. I wouldn’t dig a 3D version of this, as it’ll be all over the shop, but this feels like you’re on a floor – and you need to navigate it. Watch out for all them spikes, man!

Audio

In a game called Laser Disco Defenders, you had better hope there were fresh, funky beats to go with it. Needless to say, the game genuinely doesn’t disappoint. The whole way through, what with the spinning disco-esque lights and the music that’s playing, you do feel like you’re in a rocket-boot propelled disco. With lasers, no less! It’s great fun to dance around to the music, but due to the way the game plays, it probably is a bit detremental if you try to dance to the lasers. They come at you from all angles (or practically no angles, if you’re really careful!) All in all, depending on the character you choose, you’ll probably move to the music in your own, special way.

Overall

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Now, let me be really honest about how I conduct my business here on the website. If there’s something inherently wrong, I tell everyone about it. I’m not afraid of backlash or anything of the sort. I’d consider myself a friend of Alex, so with this said: I have nothing bad to say about this game. In fact, it’s highly entertaining, hugely frenetic and ultimately a very clever version of the classic shoot em up’s, such as Space Invaders, which takes me back a bit. I’ve had a blast (literally) with Laser Disco Defenders and for the price of two decent pints, this game is certainly worth the investment. If this looks like your sort of game, you can buy it on Steam here. What do you think of LDD? Do you like the lasers, or even the discos? Do you think the characters look good? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

P.S: I will be doing a Let’s Play of Laser Disco Defenders over the coming weeks!
P.P.S: Check out the Bristol Unity Game Developers Meetup – Alex helps run this event too :)

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