In the interest of full disclosure – I was approached by the developers of this game and provided a copy for review for free. Beyond that I have not been paid in any way to write about or endorse this game or company. The opinions below are mine and mine alone.
Steelbound Sky is a different take on the classic shmup genre of games where you must take control of the wind, rather than a vehicle, to protect your city from danger.
I have to be up front about this game (and games like it for that matter) – I simply don’t enjoy this genre of games all that much. I can however see why some people would enjoy them – their appeal being one of raw twitchy speed and skill. Alas that simply isn’t how I play or enjoy games…
What I do find intriguing about this game, compared to others like it, is how you control the wind and not your vehicle.This simple change results in you having to almost micro-manage all of the on-screen enemies, forcing them into one another, making sure they aren’t getting too close, etc. rather than just simply focusing on your character or vehicle. It takes the multitasking in a game like this to a whole new level but one that I never found overly frustrating. Along the way you also unlock new power ups which makes things a bit easier to deal with.
If you are a fan of the genre this game may be worthwhile checking out but you should clearly not take my word on that.
My review: Mediocre
Pick it up for: Cheap