Lichtspeer, the first title from Warsaw based developers Lichthund, is an action arcade lightspear-throwing simulator based in an ancient Germanic future. It’s plot is a simple one; the mighty Lichtgod is bored and for his own amusement bestows upon you the uber powerful fantastisch Lichtspeer so that you can competently fight your way through hordes of Hipster Ice Giants, Penguin Vikings and Wurst Zombies.
Set across numerous levels, the game is broken down into stages with each level containing five stages. In four of the stages the enemy are making their way towards you in waves and you must throw the lichtspeer to stop them, which gets quite challenging in the later levels as you are placed in the centre of the screen so you have enemies approaching in both directions. The final stage of the levels is a boss fight where you must watch and learn its attack patterns so that you can attack without perishing. There an instant death system whereby if any enemies come into contact with you, you die and have to start the stage again.
As you play you will earn points that can be spent on power-ups in the licht shop. There are three different types of power-ups; defensive, offense and uber ones, all of which can be upgraded. The offensive and defensive power-ups are pretty much self explanatory – they beef up your attack and defence. The uber power-ups are specials and offer various things like the lichtcolumn that acts like a smart bomb destroying everything on screen.
The controls are straight forward. The left stick controls the trajectory of the lichtspeer, and you use X, R1 or R2 to charge and then throw it. As you progress you will open up lichtpowers which you unleash with the triangle, square and circle buttons.
Lichtspeer has a similar artistic style to Guacamelee – all the characters are bright and bold. The music has that 80’s electro synchpop sound going on which actually works pretty well with the game.
The trophy list in Lichtspeer does include a platinum, but the road to popping it isn’t an easy one. It’s going to take some serious grinding. Not only do you have to rack up the kills and headshots, there’s a trophy for getting ten thousand of each and a trophy for playing the game for 100 hours.
Lichtspeer is a charming game but it is also somewhat repetitive. That’s not to say that’s a bad thing. It’s a great game to just pick up and have a quick blast on, but whether or not you’ll be playing it for long enough to pop the 100 hour trophy remains to be seen.
NelMaNo Rating – 7/10
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