Reviewed by: Carless Yen
Developed by: Dufgame
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Black Hole is a twin stick space shooter that really takes you back to the days of Arcades and Atari.It brings everything you loved about games like Asteroids and Centipede into the current Generation platforms. It even brings a little bit of NES's Life Force along with it. I think if you loved those games like I did your sure to find a lot of enjoyment with Black Hole. There are three different ship types you can choose from, as well as three different skill levels. The game modes are pretty simple practice, Speed run, and just Campaign. I hope they bring Coop to this because would be a last to play with friends.
There are 40 levels after every 10 you fight a unique boss. Each 10 levels has a different background and theme. The first is just a regular space level with asteroids and ships that attack. On is a frozen level where Ice creatures attack, and even a poison level where enemies shoot poison at you. Even the bosses of these area attack with the same theme as the level. The bosses were really cool, and I enjoyed the different characteristics of each one. I had a lot of fun trying to learn how to avoid, and attack each one while staying alive.
Everything you shoot drops orbs, and each orb has a different use. There is a green for health, a blue for shield, a orange to fill up your special attack, white which adds to your score allowing you to place on leaderboard and get extra lives, and yellow which gives you upgrade points. You can upgrade the amount of beams your ship shoots, the power of these, how fast they shoot, the armour, the speed of your ship, your secondary weapon and the same other thins you could with primary. It is a lot of fun upgrading it, and getting a unstoppable ship launching 5 shots and rockets out of it. That was one of my favorite parts of the game was seeing just how much the ship changed as I went a long.
The game really seems to be aimed at the fans it has a colorblind mode, and even a option to send feedback, another thing I love is the price tag. 5.99. It really is certainly worth that. Even if I beat it in a hour, I still plan to try to climb the leaderboards, and speed run it. I see a lot of people doing that in the near future. I also plan to try all of the different ships, and their upgrades. If your a retro gamer or some one like myself that enjoys a good space shooter this is without question for you. Grab it up, and aim high for those leaderboards and times.
Pros: Awesome Retro/Arcade feel
Cool level themes,ships,bosses, and enemies
Smooth Precise controls
Gnarly Sci-fi sounding soundtrack
Cons: A little Short, but tons of replay value.
Overall 8.2 A little taste of 80's and 90's arcade brought to the Switch. A speedrunner and retro fans dream come true.