Galaxy Champions TV
Switch version tested
Review code provided
I’ve always enjoyed a good twin-stick shooter. One of my all-time favourites was a game on the SNES (before there were even twin sticks) called Super Smash TV. While Galaxy Champions TV isn’t exactly Smash TV, it definitely takes inspiration from it.
In 2049, a dictatorial government rules all the planets in the solar system. The only entertainment allowed by this government is a violent game show called Galaxy Champions TV where contestants compete and kill for cash and prizes. And can you guess who the next contestant in this brutal game of death is? (HINT: It’s you.) GOOD LUCK! YOU’LL NEED IT!
You start by entering a room with 4 doors (one on each wall). The doors open and enemies come piling out with one goal in mind: killing you. Survive the wave and you move onto the next room.
You start off with a simple pistol, but certain enemies (called Looters) drop gun power-ups whenever you kill them. There are five different types of guns you can pick up: machine gun, shotgun, laser beam, flamethrower, and grenade launcher. Each has limited ammo, so make the most out of the power-ups. The enemies are called Looters for a reason, though. They collect the experience orbs dropped by normal enemies, so take them out as soon as you can so they don’t run off with your precious EXP.
Whenever you clear a room, a little shop robot comes from the top door to sell you permanent upgrades. This is where your EXP comes in. After you fill-up the EXP meter, you’re given a point and the points are used to purchase upgrades. These range from enemies dropping new items (health, shields, etc) to powering up your weapons to adding an incredibly useful dash to your repertoire.
There are 4 planets, each with 10 levels (or rooms) to survive with the tenth room containing a boss to defeat, allowing you to move on to the next planet. The bosses can be tough, but they are pattern-based, so you’ll want to watch for the attacks and figure out a strategy to avoid them take out the boss.
In addition to the standard mode, there is a survival mode called “Champions Mode.” All of your upgrades carry over from the main mode, so you may want to upgrade as much as possible before trying to take it on. And even better, you can take on both modes with a friend making this a great couch co-op game.
While it’s not Super Smash TV, nothing ever will be. But if you’re looking for a super fun twin-stick shooter and a great couch co-op game, look no further than Galaxy Champions TV. At $6.99 (£6.29), this game is TOTALLY worth it.
TBG Score: 8/10
Platform: Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 03/10/2019
No. of Players: 1-2
Category: Shooter, Action, Arcade
Publisher: Silesia Games
Download link: eShop