Steredenn is a roguelike space shooter that’s hard and frustrating, but yet begs for just one more round.
- Wonderful art style. It’s retro pixel art, and it’s done really well. There’s a wide variety of enemies, weapons, and backgrounds. Even thought I’ve played it a number of times, the art still feels really “fresh”
- Simple to understand controls. It’s typical with most games in this genre, but there aren’t that many controls, and they are fairly simple to understand, even without a tutorial (although there is one, which is nice).
- Tons of variety. I’ve put a number of hours into the game, and I still haven’t seen even a fraction of what there is to see. I also love that after you beat each boss, you choose a random power-up that makes you stronger/better in different ways.
- It’s really hard. No, really. They may have changed something in a recent patch, because it seems like it’s gotten harder somehow. I want to feel like I’m focussing on dealing damage while trying to stay alive, but it feels sometimes like damage is secondary and I’m just trying to live (and failing).
- Clumsy controls. While the controls are easy to understand, I found the weapon switching kind of clumsy. I’m sure it’s because of my experience with other games of this genre, but I didn’t like having to switch weapons and only being able to fire one at a time. I would have preferred one button per weapon without the need for switching. The need to weapon switch also makes trying to replace a specific weapon difficult. You have to switch to a weapon you don’t want, fly over and pick up the weapon you do want, all while not dying. It’s pretty tricky in later stages.
- Spotty weapon quality. I get some weapons and think to myself “YES! This is a game changer for me”, but others I don’t even bother picking up because it’s completely useless. I’m sure some of this is play style, but the quality of the weapons really varies and this don’t feel super balanced.
- Price point. $12.99 (at the time of writing) on Steam seems a tad high for this type of game. I think the main reason it seems high is because I can’t get far enough into it to feel like I’ve started to get my money’s worth.
Steredenn is a fun game that’s equal parts punishingly difficult, and tremendously satisfying. I personally can’t play it for more than a few rounds without having to put it down for a little bit. If the price point and difficulty don’t put you off, I think it’s definitely worth the purchase.