I did this. 8 hours of torture and I have the medal for hard achievements.
For starters, everything that Fioresa says is WRONG. You get penalty for EVERY hit, no forgiveness, no fuck-ups whatsoever allowed.
Let me tell you something. The game starts pretty cool. It's hard, but you can get better and improve yourself. Basically, the first 7 levels are doable in 30 minutes.
Then comes level 8. It will take you over an hour to beat that level (but only because of the last wave with vice-boss).
Then, it will take you 2 more hours to beat level 9. The constant spam of the white shits is more than annoying. But eventually, you upgrade yourself enough to beat it (hopefully - for you). Then, if you hate yourself enough, you can, like me, try to beat these levels without getting hit. And that will take you minimum 5 hours, if not more (depends on your determination and stubborness, mine is pretty high). As a matter of fact, the only thing that will actually stop you from getting the last medal, will be the constant spam of the small ships, who are very fast and kamikaze-like.
So remember, if you feel like punching a wall during that game, you were warned! It's not for easily frustrated (unless like me, you are fueled by anger).
Frankly, I wish I would give you some useful hint for getting the achievements.
For level 8, it's important to have high damage, high automatic damage, and mulitply critical. For level 9, it's mostly damage, multiply critical, and speed powerup. All really highly upgraded. Plus some luck - if you are surrounded from both sides by white shitps, you can very well restart. Every other upgrade will also bring you closer to the goal, albeit it will be very small steps.
As you can see, the author of the game made a very cliche mistake - he artifically extended the gameplay, by making the last 2 levels doable after grinding, and barely achievable, no matter the grinding. For that alone I was thinking of giving it zero to be honest, and frankly, I don't really know why I didn't. I must be getting really soft. Or maybe I see a potential, despite the game being quite generic.
What could be done to improve the game:
-cheaper higher upgrades
-automatic turn-on of powerups (at least for fast shooting)
-much less grinding
-less little ships in level 8 (last 5 waves)
-slightly less white ships in level 9
-more efficient auto-damage (it didn't do shit in the final waves of level 8. and did no damage whatsoever in level 9)
or maybe, a more forgiving rating required for 3 stars that allows a fuck-up?
I might sound harsh, but once you play this game, you will say that I was being extremely polite.
Goddamn I am tired.
Enjoyed playing this. I liked the shop, and the way that even if I failed a level I could still use the gold to upgrade my ship.
Thanks for your feedback, I didn't liked the Idea to loose the gold you earned in the match, so I decided you give it directly :)
Really enjoyed this game. It was quite challenging to complete and even more challenging to get all of the medals.
some help for people going for the medals.
in the beginning damage over time is really important, towards the end it is all about damage and fast fire. Get the gold upgrade often. Don't sweat the final stage, level 8 is the toughest level in the game by far. To get no damage done is quite difficult and takes some grinding.
One thing i did notice is that the swarms don't penalize you if you get hit by them when it comes to the stars. The last level you can let the white swarms hit you all day long and still get 3 stars. Focus on the fast movement guys as they will be the ones to ruin your run.
Anyways good game. I do agree about the shadows, some have a faint red tint to them and confused me and i would try and shoot them. Maybe dimming them down a bit would be nice :)
Thanks a lot for your Feedback :)
Thanks MrUnecht for giving me such a helpful review on Battlehell! For you game, it plays just fine. I would love to have a bit of movement to increase skill ceiling (like Geometry Wars). I think if you added some sfx to the game, you could bring your game to the next level! Overall, this game didn't offend me, but with a few small changes, this game would amaze me.
Thanks for your Feedback :) But what do you mean with sfx? I got missle sounds, explosion sounds etc, and what would theses small changes are? :D
the "shadows" (?) of the ships in the background are extremly irritating looks promising though
These are ships fighting in the background, I added this to have a background animation:)