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NeoCandy - this is rogue like action shooter in Pixel style.
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NeoCandy was available as a giveaway on October 21, 2019!

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NeoCandy - this is rogue like action shooter in Pixel style.
Make your way through the mazes.
Destroy enemies.
Choose ammunition and survive.
First aid kits will allow you to have more.
Generated world in pixel style.
Many weapons, enemies and labyrinths.
Pixel graphic style, hardcore and unforgettable music is all you need for a pleasant WASD - move. Mouse -AIM
Kill all enemies!

System Requirements:

Windows 7 or newer

Publisher:

hallunazigames

Homepage:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/939260/NeoCandy/

File Size:

49.3 MB

Price:

$3.99

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NeoCandy
In Brief
A top down retro pixel shooter, that would be at home in the early 90’s. Quoted on Steam as a rouge-like action shooter, but I disagree because rogue-like 'usually' means when you die you start right from the beginning of the game, when you die in Neocandy, you only have to replay the level you died on. That said, when you close a game down, on restarting it appears to start from level 0 again.
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Introduction:
NeoCandy - this is rogue like action shooter in Pixel style.Make your way through the mazes. Destroy enemies. Choose ammunition and survive. First aid kits will allow you to have more. Generated world in pixel style. Many weapons, enemies and labyrinths. Pixel graphic style, hardcore and unforgettable music is all you need for a pleasant  game experience. WASD - move. Mouse -AIM . Kill all enemies
Edited and added to developer reference accessed HERE. 21st October 2019
The Game:
Neocandy looks like it's named after the Japanese arcade console cabinets that were named NeoCandy. Today's game reflects those early arcade machines with retro pixel graphics and a style reminiscent of those early to late arcade heydays before home consoles and PC’s became the norm. I as a mid 20’s 'teenager' spent many hours in the university arcade room which was named 'The Cave', and decked out in green lights and Eiger like wall murals, spending uncountable amounts of my student grant (back then we got a decent grant and free tuition) on my favorite arcade games of the time such as Star Wars, asteroids and not forgetting breakout and a top down shmup I can't remember the name of now. Today's game giveaway certainly takes me back to those sweet days.
As for the game play, its absolutely fine, I didn’t get any bugs apart from after taking a screen capture on level four, when I'd saved the capture, I went to the portal to move to level five and the game sort of went zig-zaggy for a second, then the level appeared cut in half and I couldn't access the level at all. Restarting the level fixed the issue and I didn't see any other bugs. what lets this game down is the limited number of enemies you'll find; three in total; and this led to the game becoming rather tedious after almost a hours game play. (I replayed the game twice to level 12, taking screen captures etc just to check if the game would save at the point you leave it when you close the game down, (which it unfortunately doesn't). Don’t get me wrong, the game is very playable and is not one of those £0.79 games that are becoming very common on Steam these days, though i don't think it is worth the price steam are asking for it. The Steam community have given a mainly negative review of the game, however this seems mainly based on very little game play of around 10 to 20 minutes. You can check out the Steam community members reviews and comments about this game HERE. You can see a video of game play on the Steam store page HERE.
Regarding the negative aspect of the limited number of enemy types (3 in total) that I briefly mentioned above. Because you'll quickly figure out the perfect weapon to use against all of these enemies,(I'm not telling you which), it becomes very easy to complete all of the levels. I had no trouble at all progressing 12 levels twice as well as playing levels to test saves etc. The only reason I died when I'd reached level 12 the first time was that I'd taken a screen capture of an enemy approaching me. By the time I'd saved the capture the enemy had killed me , (see images below). When you die, you start from the beginning of the level you died on and not like a true rogue-like games from the very beginning. Steam says this is a rogue-like game, I disagree for the reason I've just mentioned above.
There also appears to be no progression in difficulty. Basically the difficulty remains the same throughout the game; at least it did for the time I’ve played so far. I will be keeping this one; but for how long ????? with that in mind I would say try it out for your self, if you find it not to your liking, then delete it at your leisure; it's easy going and ideal for those that tend to be a little slower in reaction times (like me). :)
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There are useful indicators to the top left of the game arena, the first one, that looks like thick red line is your health bar, the second one tells you how much pistol/machine gun ammo you have left and the third is your shotgun ammo. The third weapon is a grenade launcher that appears to have unlimited ammunition. There are grenade pick ups which add to the total grenades you have, but when you fire the grenade launcher, the number of grenades in the indicator remain the same (maybe this is another bug?). The shotgun has a limited range as does the grenade launcher, but both are more effective at killing enemies, especially at close quarters. When enemies are close you can damage multiple weapons with your shotgun as it does have a wide spread. One of the enemies is slightly harder to kill because it carried what looks like one of those riot shields. Grenades only require one hit, shotgun shells two hits (usually depending on how close you are to the enemy) and the pistol or machine gun that have much longer range, but require more ammo to kill. The pistol and machine gun use the same ammo. Some enemies when destroyed will drop weapons health or ammo. You can only carry one weapon at a time. To pick up new weapons walk over them and click the E button. When walking over ammo or health they are automatically added to your indicators. New weapons do not have any extra ammo, When a downed enemy drops something you can tell what it is by the symbols on it, a + sign for health, thee lines indicates a weapon and the rest are ammo drops. When you’ve cleared a level of all enemies the last enemy will leave a small glowing portal behind. Walk over to it and you are almost instantly transported to the next level.
Conclusion:
Apparently levels are randomly generated, so you should find an infinite number of levels to explore. The main downside is that although each level is different in its layout, the actual environments remain the same throughout, i.e. what assets you'll see are repeated in every level; so, I found by level 12 that I was getting a little bored of the game. so didn't progress further, especially as I'd repeated the 12 levels twice. I’d much rather explore some of my older top down shooter games that I've not played in years, such as the Alien and Zombie shooter games from several yeas ago that not only have a much more interesting and varied game play, but look vastly better than this retro styled but playable game.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Whiterabbit-uk, I forgot to mention, the game always defaults to a window when you restart the game. You can either drag the corners of the window to the size of window you prefer, or click the middle button in the top right corner of the window to make it appear full screen. If you are using multiple monitors, you can still access anything on those desktops even when the game is open.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#2

Sadly my Windows XP installation died a few days ago . :-(
So I can't say anything about the game's behavior under Windows XP .
I am working hard , as we speak , to revive them .

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My Win 7 PC Specifications
Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit Service Pack 1 ,
Intel Core2Duo E8500 3,16Ghz , 4 Gb memory (DDR 2) ,
NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 768Mb .

Downloaded and installed without a problem .

It works just fine under Windows 7 .

About the game .
Most , if not all , of the info is already given by Whiterabbit-uk , in his
excellent , as usual , review .
Thank you very much Whiterabbit-uk . :-)

My little info .

The game starts in windowed mode .
if you like full screen , you can change it by right clicking the upper
border of the window and right click "Maximize" .
From the same place you can close the game too .
I've tried the "size" and "size" buttons but they don't work .
The escape key of your keyboard instantly exits the game .
It seems that you can change weapon only when you are over
a weapons place in the map .
No other button is available for this function .

This is a Falco game .
So now it's time for my usual complaints ...
I hate wasd controls .
No key rebinding available .
No instructions of any kind , except from the "R" key for restarting the level .
BUT you should know that it will NOT restart the same level but A level .

The game is nice enough (for me) to keep it .
As I said before , in my comment about another game , It would be very nice
if I could use an arcade controller but I don't know if the game supports it .

And that is that ...

If I'll manage to restore my Windows XP installation , I will try the game and
come back to share the info .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Correcting a fwe mistakes :

1)
if you like full screen , you can change it by right clicking the upper
border of the window and LEFT click "Maximize" .

2)
I've tried the "size" and "REsize" buttons but they don't work .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  21 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

JEDIGEG,

Thanks for your feedback, appreciated. I forgot to mention about the lack of being unable to change the key bindings. I much prefer the arrow keys for movement, partly because I'm mainly left handed. (I can write with my right hand, but it tends to look like a 6 year old scrawl and a lot of the letters tend to be back to front, lol).

For my friend JEDIGEG eyes only

To be honest I'm a little distracted at the moment as we are in the middle of a dispute with a developer who is building four three story detached properties in the garden at the bottom of our garden (called a back yard development here in the UK). We live in a single story home, so my wife is fuming as it will block out the views we have of our beloved Peak District. We live at the edge of the Cheshire plain, so most of the area is as flat as a pancake. I come from hill country and miss the views, but we do have a small area to the South West where we can see the Peaks. I often train my smaller refractor telescope onto the area, wishing I was there walking over the moors. Also, the developer has smashed our lattice brick walls, smashed a couple of wooden panels and cut some chain link fencing we'd recently put up to make sure the border was properly marked as the brick walls were only in small sections along a 90 foot bottom boundary. The boundary is actually another 30' or so feet (we call it the secret garden as its in a small woodland area that has lots of protected trees, but that backs up onto another homes garden and isn't under threat by the developer. We'd been slowly getting free bricks via the website Gum Tree with the intention of building a red brick wall 90 feet long. To buy the bricks would have cost us a small fortune as we are doing a double layer of bricks to create a strong wall, so we've been building it in stages over the last few years. It'll probably take years to complete as we only get small loads every so often when I remember to check Gum Tree and what we have looks like a patchwork quilt with so many different types of red brick. We'd actually got the police involved for criminal damage, but I don't know whether we will take it further as legal fees are prohibitive. We are already 20K down after paying a legal team to help us with another legal battle with 'cowboy' developer who ripped us off for over £40K several years ago. We'd actually found a really good developer, but the day our development plans were due to be okayed by the planning office, we received a phone call from the local council telling us the the new planning officer had failed to notify our back neighbours, so we would have to go through the 6 week process again. Consequently we lost the decent builder as he had other commitments. We couldn't wait as I'd already anticipated being able to move in by a certain time and had found a family to move into my old house, which I'd decided to keep as a rental. I ended up going onto one of those supposedly protected building web sites where you are supposed to get qualified builders. Biggest mistake of my life. Our legal team have said we have a very good chance of winning the case with all the evidence we have including a 1 hour conference we'd had with the builder post build, that has been transcribed to paper with the builder admitting his errors etc. However we've been told we can't expect any more than 70% of the losses, plus the legal costs; then the real battle begins trying to get the money from the builder, who I recently discovered via my gardener that he had retired. 'Scuze the waffle (maybe i should have emailed you this, lol).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  20 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Whiterabbit-uk,
No problem . :-)
I know that talking about your troubles to a friend makes them more bearable .
So , again , NO problem .
I remember reading about your trouble with the other builder and the crazy amount of money you've lost , but I can't say exactly when .
I hope your luck will turn around and you'll have a positive outcome .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  20 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

JEDIGEG, appreciated. :) It's just so maddening, especially as we don't see it being resolved for a couple of years at the very least. We still have a lot of the unfinished work to complete. The builder left the place in a real mess. We were still living in our old house while the work was taking place, which is partly why we didn't see most of what they didn't do and a mass of hidden stuff.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  20 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk,
I understand my friend .
I've been in a similar situation once or twice .
It's a soul-destroying , nerve-wracking situation
to be just (being the victim of a crook) but not
getting any justice .
I wish will give you strength , patience and
hopefully justice and peace of mind .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  20 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Correcting a mistake :
I wish GOD will give you strength , patience and
hopefully justice and peace of mind .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  20 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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