Tango Fiesta – Early Access Preview (PC)

Tango Fiesta was released for Steam Early Access on June 4,2014. Developed by Spilt Milk Studios and published by Mastertronic. An early access code was provided for preview purposes.

Tango Fiesta is a co-operative twin stick shooter for up to 4 players utilizing a top down viewpoint. Asked to describe it, Andrew J Smith, founder of developer Spilt Milk Studios says, “There are so many classic moments of satire, outrageous violence and quotable dialogue in all our favorite 80’s action flicks and we’re making Tango Fiesta the ultimate love letter to every last one of them. We can’t wait to see what the fans think!”

Gamers can choose from various characters meant to parody some of the major 80’s action heroes from Mad Max, Commando, Robocop and more. The different characters available will have different Health, Speed, Accuracy and Stamina ratings. Two weapons and a grenade can be carried offering some customization of your play-through. Additional guns can be purchased in the gun store as you earn money from fallen enemies.

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Enemies vary in look, toughness and weapons used, and killed enemies produce gold, ammo and sometimes health to keep you going. A mission, in its current form consists of three buildings that need to be destroyed and a number of enemies to be killed. Game play is reminiscent of many of the old arcade shooters, your gun direction appears to be limited to 8 directions, and grenades are thrown in the direction you are facing, there is also a melee option.

The game features a cartoonish art style and nods to the 80’s action movies, be it an Arnold like voice in the Gun shop or the guitar riff that plays with each building destroyed. As this game was released via early access, the dev team seems to be making frequent updates to the game.  In its current form its much more fun to play co-op, but I think they need more variation in the game play elements for this to be more than a 10 minute experience that you don’t go back to. Since it is reminiscent of so many arcade shooters I think some good additions would be weapons you pick up as you go through a mission, and vehicles that could be used by the enemies or players would help to keep things more interesting.

So if you love your cheesy 80’s action movies and an arcade twin stick shooter experience, Tango Fiesta will be right up your alley. Just don’t expect a story or big variation in game play. The team at Spilt Milk seems to be frequently updating this title so hopefully it will take shape as a fun 80’s flashback of a game.