|Strikey Sisters is a Breakout clone with local co-op on the Steam Link|
- Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
- Developer: DYA Games
- Publisher: DYA Games
- Release Date: 1 Jun 2017
- Time played: 1.6 hours (INCOMPLETE)
What is itDYA Games is an indie game development duo consisting of brothers Alberto and Dani who tend to focus on making games with retro pixelart. Their first commercial game was released in 2015 and is a shmup called Super Star Path. They've released three other games since then including Strikey Sisters, a Breakout clone but with a fantasy story to boot. All the games they've released so far have been rated as "Very Positive" on Steam with 93% of the 444 user reviews for Strikey Sisters being positive. The game also has a Metascore of 77 based on 5 critics indicating it has "generally favourable reviews".
In Strikey Sisters you play the role of one of two sisters (Marie or Elene) who are attempting to fight the evil minions of Lord Vanik in order to rescue their pet named Sachiro. You'll get the opportunity to try your hand on multiple levels that are similar to the game Breakout (although besides breaking bricks, you'll also be attacking monsters). Along the way you're able to collect several power-ups that can help you (e.g. lightning strikes that attack monsters, chicken which replenishes your health, etc.).
How I got itAfter acquiring a Steam Link, I wanted to try out a few local co-op games that I could play with my daughter, which meant that the games had to ideally have no violence (or at least very mild violence) and have simple enough gameplay that a young child could pick up. Since Strikey Sisters seemed to be one of these kind of games, I purchased it back in March 2018 for the super-cheap price of $0.99 USD.
|There appears to be quite a few levels to play considering I've only explored 8% of the map so far and I've only completed one level|
What I like:
Over-the-top Voice ActingThe voice acting is over-the-top and sounds like B-grade voice actors were hired to dub an anime with a cliched plot, but hey, in this instance that's actually totally fine and complements the game perfectly.
Local Co-op on the Steam LinkOne of the main reasons I purchased this game was to play some local co-op on the Steam Link and that's exactly what I got.
Easy to pick up, hard to masterBreakout clones have been around for a while (considering the original Breakout was released in the 1970s) so it's easy to figure out how to play this game. However, it's sometimes quite easy to lose the ball if you're not vigilant and getting the right trajectory in order to complete the level does require a bit of skill.
Steam Achievements and Trading CardsThe game has 10 Steam Achievements you can work towards and 13 Steam Trading Cards to collect.
|I've only seen this screen pop up twice ever|
What I dislike:
Can be too difficult at timesIf you're a n00b at Breakout clones like me, it takes a lot of patience before you finally start making it through the levels. Also, my original plan to play the game co-op with my daughter was a bit of a failure since if it's hard for some adults to play, imagine how it is for a 6 year-old. Consequently, this is the reason I haven't completed this game as I figured it would take an excruciatingly long time to finish and I would be hating the game every step of the way.
Score – 7/10 (Good)If you're into Breakout clones to play local co-op on your Steam Link, Strikey Sisters is highly recommended. However, if like me you're a bit of a n00b at these kind of games, you either have to learn to "git gud" or be incredibly patient if you want to make any progress.
Is the game worth $13.99 AUD?: Yes, if you're into Breakout clones since what you get is a very well polished game for your money. If you're not into these sort of games but are curious to give it a try, it often goes on sale.
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[ LINK: Official Strikey Sisters Website ]