Steredenn: Binary Stars from Pixelnest Studio has one simple premise, blast everything you see on screen into smithreens. Up for one hell of a challenge? Get ready to flirt with danger…
Steredenn: Binary Stars is a darn hard game to master. It comes with no checkpoints and no continues. Not only that, but it also only offers you one chance of survival. Getting to the end of a level boss brawl does offer some light relief in the form of power-ups and restored health, but that’s it. These power-ups are random and include shields, extra weapons and added fire power. If it’s just high scores you want, (and a short game, and I mean short), then there is even a pick-up that increases your score. I would recommend playing it safe and opting for extra weapons. Helping you are five ships to choose and all offer different abilities and play styles. Each of these ships can hold two weapons at a time, which makes them easy to handle and the controls are easy to grasp too.
Steredenn has rogue-like elements and everything is randomly generated. There’s no learning of patterns here or expecting pirates to enter the foray from the same position each time. You’re out on your own, just you and your blaster. En route you’ll have the opportunity of picking up and collecting new weapons. Flamethrower, lasers, homing missiles and the like offer different ways of blowing space pirates out of the skies, but while these all sound fancy, not all weapons suit the job in hand. It’s very much a personal preference with what you opt for.
Extras in Steredenn include online leaderboards, arena mode and daily runs where players share the same weapons and runs in a bid to top the daily leaderboards. You can fly solo or co-op with a friend so there’s decent packages offered in the maxed out edition of Steredenn: Binary Stars. Just don’t be fooled by its gorgeous pixel art – it’s brutally hard.
A frenetic and chaotic space shooter, Steredenn: Binary Stars is a great Shmup. Its pixel-art style and easy control system make it a perfect jump in and play shooter. Be warned though, it really does have an insane difficulty so count to three and pray.
Lizard Rating: 7.5/10