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Our overall verdict "Great"
Controls: 8.5/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 7.5/10

I’m going to age myself a bit now. Like many of you, I’ve been playing games for realistically 25+ years. My fondest memories consist of playing Time Splitters on the PS2 with my college buddies (I was friends with a kid that had keys to the screening room at CalArts…movie screen gaming equals fun times) and playing Pit Fall on my Uncle’s Atari. It’s amazing to think that those were good graphics! Anyways, why I’m reminiscing is because it’s ultra-retro gaming memories (Time Splitters is old but not Retro…yet) that are at the basis of 99 Waves to Die.

99 Waves to Die will bring back memories to anyone that remembers playing 8bit space shooters in arcades. The premise is the same where you only start off with three lives, a few bombs, and nothing but your eye-hand coordination to help you survive the onslaught of floating blocky things. That’s sort of a lie…there’s also power-ups that’ll increase your fire power and extra life that you can grab but the rest of your survival is reliant on your reflexes.

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Even though I have a passion for these old arcade shooters, I might possibly be one of the worst gamers of this genre. Fortunately 99 Waves to Die doesn’t throw hardballs until later on. The first ten or so levels have innocent squares floating slowly at you. Very easy to destroy by shooting and avoiding them and is easier to get away from than a runaway snail. The difficulty slowly ramps up as the enemy types change, the amount of enemies and how many enemies that you need to destroy.

When you get around wave 47-ish the feeling completely changes. Enemies now start shooting back at you which creates tension similar to a hellfire shooter. If you’re like me and have zero skillz (see I’m young and hip adding a ‘z’), 99 Waves to Die lets you have  fun and experience a good chunk of the game until the challenge is shoved in your face. If you’re good then good luck because it gets hard. Like, I only made it halfway through the waves hard. Good luck.

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One quick note incase you’ve never played retro games. Once you’re dead–you’re dead. No continues or leaving where you left off. I personally love this take but want to make sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

The Bottom Line: 99 Waves to Die nails the old style experience but brings in a updated graphical flair while still looking 8bit.

Hey! If you Tweet us a pic showing that you made it to wave 99 then we’ll post it here along with your info. And…we’ll send you a promo code for another game.

iTunes_ASA_ButtonPrice $1.99