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Neon Tango Reviewed
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Macworld's Game Room recently posted a new review of Freeverse's Neon Tango. The game is an action shooter which gives players a chance to pilot a cybership against the forces of chaos. It features 50 stages, state-of-the-art OpenGL graphics, and a soundtrack from Digital Droo. The Game Room gave Neon Tango a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

There’s no storyline in Neon Tango, just a whole lot of action. In this 2-D, top-down shooter, you navigate a large play area filled with obstacles (walls) and hostile enemies. You operate a dart-shaped ship that fires bursts of lasers and you can deploy power-up weapons that you collect from around the screen. A map or radar screen in the upper right corner tells you where the enemies (and goodies) are located and gives you a rough sketch of your surroundings. You can also charge your cannon to release a huge energy blast that will devastate your foes, and strafe the bad guys by swooping left and right without changing direction.

The game play mechanics are borrowed straight from another hit Freeverse arcade game, Wingnuts 2: Raina’s Revenge (), an homage to the classic coin-op hit Time Pilot. In fact, the same core technology that powers Neon Tango was used in Wingnuts 2, though the end result is very different, thanks to totally abstract art direction that reduces everything to vector-based, glowing geometric objects. There are some bad guys that look like ships or have a vaguely organic appearance to them—especially the boss characters that look like scorpions, jellyfish and all other manners of creepy-crawlies.

The lightshow emanating from the on-screen action is absolutely stunning, especially when the screen is crowded with enemies and weapon fire. It can be a bit challenging—even overwhelming, at times—to filter the signal through the noise. But it’s a really pretty game to look at.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Macworld's Game Room: Neon Tango Review
Neon Tango

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