Rebelstar: Tactical Command – Retro Gamer


Launched: 2005

Style: Technique

Format reviewed: Recreation Boy Advance

Writer: Namco

Developer: Codo Applied sciences

Rising up in a comparatively unremarkable mid-sized city, it’s simple to change into satisfied that nothing cool ever occurs the place you reside. Save for that point Gladiators stars got here to open the native department of Blockbuster Video, even the superstar sightings are mundane – Glenn Hoddle out for a stroll with the household, or Ray Winstone purchasing in Tesco. That modified in my late teenagers after I had a good friend whose “my dad makes videogames” story was truly true. He’d labored with Julian Gollop on video games like Laser Squad, the Rebelstar sequence and Magic & Mayhem. We’d by no means talked about video games a lot as a result of we had been finding out politics collectively, so I didn’t study this till we’d already recognized one another for a couple of years, and I want he’d instructed me sooner.

You see, round that point I used to be actually having fun with Rebelstar: Tactical Command, the anime-style revival of the model that felt prefer it had moderately extra in frequent with X-COM than the unique 8-bit video games. The sport had struggled to achieve an viewers as a result of rise of the DS and shortly went on clearance, so I’d picked it up for simply £6 model new. Out of the blue that good discount felt nearly like theft. By no means thoughts that Namco had revealed it, the folks that made it had been folks that I might conceivably stumble upon on the street, and I’d purchased it for a value that in all probability barely coated manufacturing.

I resolved that the very best factor I might do was champion it, and I nonetheless like to change individuals on to it as we speak. Whereas the Advance Wars video games are the turn-based technique titans on the Recreation Boy Advance, Rebelstar is completely different sufficient to enhance them moderately than competing with them. Beside the plain distinction in presentation, success relies upon much more on correctly equipping your squad for the mission at hand, and bringing issues right down to infantry fight means that you can spend money on your particular person troopers way more carefully. If you happen to’re in search of an engrossing single-player technique recreation to occupy your time, it is a sturdy possibility that’s regularly ignored.