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May 1, 2012 | 3:00 PM EDT

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An intense sci-fi themed shooter, featuring over 20 enemy types, epic boss fights, multiple stages, tons of upgrades, classic 16bit era pixel art, and rocking chip tunes!

Board your mech, and command your squad of mercenaries as the last line of defense against the perilous invaders.

Controls:
Use your MOUSE to aim and fire.

Use the left and right ARROW Keys to or A/D Keys to cycle weapons. Switch directly to a weapon using the matching number key.

Use Up ARROW, W Key or R Key to manually reload. Weapons will automatically reload when the last round is fired.

The crosshair shows your weaponÃffffÃff'Ãf'Ã'¢EUT Ms shot radius and ammo.

Reviews


NogginmenAnimationsNogginmenAnimations

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Dead fun.
I liked the weapons, the graphics, the gameplay, the music and there were plenty of upgrades to keep me appeased (though I found I didn't need to use any of base upgrades, such as carpet bomb at all).

My only gripe is that it's really damn short. I completed it and was left wanting more levels.

So there you have it:
Make an A.R.C.S. 2


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ChronocidalChronocidal

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Decent enough. Maybe I'm getting old, but I found myself straining my eyes to see what was going on - everything was very small, and keeping track of enemies, targeting reticule, and weapon load status was a pain. Also, as others have remarked, if you're holding down the fire button and you switch weapons, the new weapon should continue to fire without you having to release and press fire again.

I finished it on easy - thanks for including difficulty levels!



narushisutonarushisuto

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Definitely very awesome graphics and quite cool gameplay as well. Also there was a lot to upgrade and in general it's a nice time waster. Nevertheless I only give 4/5 stars, because in some later level I was defeated and instead of letting me try the level again I had to start from the beginning on, which is definitely not cool.


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EnjoiLoveEnjoiLove

Rated 4 / 5 stars

This game was really fast paced which I did not expect when I started playing. The very first few missions were probably the easiest in the game, but they progressively got harder and spawned faster than before. Though I do have some pros/cons I'd like to discuss.

Firstly, the cons.
-While it was a challenge using your system of scrolling through weapons, I found myself randomly pressing the wrong keys by mistake because as soon as you're near the 2nd boss or 3rd boss, the game itself becomes SO fast and switching weapons through the arrow keys sometimes made me go too fast. If it was me, I'd feel more comfortable if you can just use the scroll from the mouse to switch weapons since not only are you still able to shoot and concentrate, the scroll just happens to be next to your trigger finger.

-No save point in this game. It was a real bummer when I first lost and I had to start ALL over again. I probably put 1-2 hours into the game but when I finally lost on Hard, well, I kinda regret putting all that time and effort just to do it all over again.

The Pros
- The limited upgrades made this a very good challenging game, not just your boring shooter with so many upgrades that suddenly you're OP.

-The weapons were fun to use though probably I used the pump action the least. I felt each weapons price was fairly priced.

-Graphics were really sharp for pixels! And I liked the idea for that huge robot. I expect to see more of those in your games. I'm now a fan! haha

-The enemy itself was a good challenge. Always making it harder and making us get into the game. The new flying units were probably the most annoying for me though I got through them fairly easily.

So basically, I had alot of fun with this game! Though I think the only downside I can think of while I did not add it in the cons, was the lack of response from your little 3 man squad. Clearly, it's YOU doing the work and destroying. I know their just there for support but they hardly helped to be honest. Same with the droids..though I never got to unlock missiles for them. Maybe tweek the squads AI to respond faster to enemies? To be honest I felt like I was wasting credits on them if they hardly shoot/kill anything while I was playing.


Retromite responds:

Thanks for the feedback =) We actually wanted to use mouse wheel for weapon cycling, since it really is perfect. However, it seems flash doesn't work well with it, depending upon browser, OS, and even portal.

The guys and drones can become quite effective, but we didn't want them making the game go on auto pilot either. Still if you invest heavily into them, they can be quite effective, and an alternate approach to the heavy mech upgrade path.


MrProfessorNarwhalMrProfessorNarwhal

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Pretty fun, short though, and gets repetitive
Fun while it lasts though :)


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