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POSTED 5/6/17


ASTRO DUEL DELUXE

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In space, no one can hear you scream.

In an apartment building, however? Umm, sorry neighbours...

ADD usually stands for attention deficit disorder, and if youíre afflicted then you wonít fare well at this particular ADD. Itís a ferociously challenging arcade melange of Asteroids and Space Duel, with sniffs of Super Sprint thrown in (really).

But back to that screaming. Why? Well, we were playing solo against the CPU. Take our advice and donít do it. When your Switch basically assails you with the intensity of a Terminator it doesnít make for fun on any level, especially as the controls can be a teensy-weensy bit finicky. Just when you get a poofteenth of thrusty confidence, FWAM! Youíre space toasty fragmentational bitty-bits.

With that noted, we dragged some friends in to help us test out the local multiplayer aspect with non-Terminator types. They may not have had as cool leathers or accents, but they made for infinitely more reasonable cannon fodd- erm, opponents.

So, up to six players can play at once, making for craziness Ė and thatís just trying to wedge everybody in near the couch. Controller options vary, from Pro Controller to Joy-Cons to four people huddling around the Switch going all touchy-feely. If you value the life of your Switch then we donít recommend that latter option.

No matter which mode you opt for, itís basically a survival of the fittest deal, as you pit your pointy-pointy spaceship against the pointy-pointy spaceships of others in a pew-pew to the death. One mode even leaves your poor pilot floating in space after having their ship blammyised, counting the seconds for an eventual ship reequip.

Armed with a bleeptastic chippy soundtrack and a tonne of arcade slickness, ADD is some of the best brief fun that youíll have this side of Ritolin Ė assuming youíve friends to play with.

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