Heavy Recoil – Convoy
Taking heavy cues from the likes of Green Beret and of course, Contra, Heavy Recoil does a pretty decent job of revisiting the classic run ‘n shoot formula of yester-yore. Playing as some kind of cyborg (cybro?) solider, you and a friend can even sign up for some cooperative blasting action, in true 80’s buddy cop/solider/wall street trader fashion.
Heavy Recoil started out as an Ouya exclusive game in 2013, which let you play the first level for free, then required a purchase to continue. Thankfully, now the 80’s inspired action comes to the PC, since some undisclosed (but seemingly recent) point, as it has been ported to Windows and made “pay what you want” (including $free).
Heavy Recoil takes the tried and true formula of “running left-to-right” and “shooting things until they die” to heart, but it does it well. There are three characters to select from, each with different speed, power and jump – giving you the typical ‘fast but weak’, ‘strong but slow’ and ‘balanced’ type of combinations. Barrels meanwhile, to absolutely nobody’s surprise, explode when shot, revealing juicy powerups. The [P] increases the main weapon’s power, however there is only one level of upgrade, which is a bit of a shame. Luckily, there is a nice mix of secondary powerups to keep things a bit more interesting. Each player can have one green and one blue powerup active at any one time – with green being an additional form of firepower such as homing missiles. and blue usually being more on the utility side of things, such as a dash ability. Although the guns don’t ‘fuse’ like in Gunstar Heroes, it does add a nice mix of tactical blasting choices. There is also, of course, also a R-Type style ‘option’ powerup, as per the Law of Retro Shooters. Each level ends with a satisfyingly large boss, as well.
The game is proper old school in some aspects and some of these subsequent “features” will be seen as positives or negatives depending on your point of view. Your characters can only fire strictly horizontally, which means you’ll need to be careful of enemies dropping down from above. There are also no continues. So game over really means game over man, in this case. Strangely. for a game like this there is no native joypad support built-in. A shame but JoyToKey at least will solve the issue.
Heavy Recoil – Convoy Chaser