What happens when you combine cutesy art, Galaga, boss rushing and elements of Guitar Hero into a mixing bowl? Well, I reckon that after mixing that all up that there would be something that resembles Super Weekend Mode by Pixelteriyaki. The next game in the long line of Steam Indie titles to make their way to console from publishers and Porting Wizards Ratalaika Games (Trophy/Achievement hunters, you know what THAT means!)
Super Weekend Mode is about as simple in presentation as could be. I would even dare say that this is a game that could have easily been around in the Super Nintendo/Sega Genesis era. The story, according to Pixelteriyaki is also very simple “A simple chase through labyrinths of despair. You are a princess .’ That guy’ has taken your stuff. You should most probably take it back…”
What makes the game very accessible for virtually everybody is that there are only 3 buttons you will use for the entirety of the game! You control the bumper looking things on the bottom of the screen and the point of the game is to shoot the boss until its health runs out. If you really want to simplify the controls, you can turn on Auto-Shoot and just concentrate on the hearts that are falling down as well as dodge the enemies.
There are 9 levels total and while the first few levels are pretty manageable, after the third level, the difficulty is turned up quite a bit! Remember that you need to be shooting the boss to dwindle down their health, well those hearts that are dropping need to be picked up as well, and if any get past you, that will do damage and bring the boss closer to you. If the boss gets too close, you will die. You do not have infinite lives, so you need to be very careful not to lose all your lives too early in the game.
There is not much that can be said about Super Weekend Mode. I was able to beat the game in about 45 minutes and in the first 10-15 minutes, I was able to pick up the Platinum trophy. The game is very simple to learn how to play, but those later levels will definitely put your abilities to the test. With a cool head though, you should have not many issues completing the game.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*