Mastertronics and Spilt Milk Studios Brought 80’s Style Action To EGX with Tango Fiesta

Continuing with our EGX 2015 write-ups I got the chance to try out Spilt Milk Studios top down action bullet hell shooter, Tango Fiesta. The title is actually already available and was released the day I got some hands on with it. If this sounds your type of title then read on for more info.

Tango Fiesta is a bullet hell top down shooter that takes you back to the 80’s where action movies were full of over-the-top non-stop action. This is the setting for the whole game and I instantly felt a connection to my days of playing Ikari Warriors and Commando on my ZX Spectrum. Originally starting life at Game Jam, within 2 years they were successful with Steam GreenLight which has allowed Spilt Milk Studio to bring Tango Fiesta to the masses. The first day of EGX was the day it was officially released to the world which was pretty cool.

The game has co-op play all the way and some very interesting ideas thrown into the mix to spice things up, which fits well with the tone of the title. All those events in those movies have actually happened to the protagonist John Strong. So you and up to three friends get to blast, shoot, knife, and high score your way through endless procedurally generated levels in the ultimate true story behind all those amazing movies! It’s all a tongue-in-cheek affair where the story is concerned but I think it’s great to have these kind of titles now and again. The game is split across 20 stages with worlds based on Commando, Predator, Ghostbusters, Robocop and more. Even the six characters and various weapons you can select all relate back to movies in some manner. Each of the characters have their own pros and cons where some can take more punishment or are slower than others. Every gun also has a kick back which can have hilarious outcomes since the lighter characters will feel it more than others.

Tango Fiesta pic

The world that I played on was the one based on Commando that had you do various objectives, like taking care of helicopters and huts all the while you are causing as much havoc as possible. Its a title that doesn’t require you to think much so is great for passing the time. One thing I love about the title is that enemies just keep re-spawning allowing for you and your mates to get some beefy scores, instead of going for the objectives straight away. You have to beware that enemies vary in difficulty and you never know what type you will come across. I was finding it hard to just stay alive, without heavies coming into the mix and just annihilating me. However when you go down your team mate can revive you but you will only get back half your health. The game also encourages you to keep going for a high score as there is a multiplier system in place.

When I was accidentally shooting one of the Spilt Milk Studio developers I noticed that he dropped gold just like some of the baddies. He explained that while you can’t actually kill your team mates you can in fact steal their gold. This is used to buy weapons and I think it’s a great move to add some friendly competition. Not only that but at the end of each mission the game will randomly hit you with either an ambush or if you have been shooting your team mate a lot, there will be a little double cross moment. This also emphasises the fact that there is always usually a bad guy who you thought was a friend in the movies. On my hands on it was always an ambush but even then it was rather fun. With this being a twin stick shooter the controls are kept simple allowing you to get straight into the action.

In terms of the games environments, as I have mentioned the levels are based all around movies. There are various objects within the level that will try and make navigating harder. The Commando level had things like mine fields but there is a Running Man stage which has iced floors and spiked traps. The guy from Spilt Milk Studio assured me that further into the game levels the design becomes more fiendish. There is even a level where a bad guy resurrects guys you have already killed which sounds evil but a lot of fun at the same time.

Overall on my hands on at EGX the game looks and plays really fun. I like the fact there are procedural levels and the randomizing of enemy spawns look as though things are kept fresh for players. It’s also good to see that there has been a lot of thought to the six characters on offer as well as how weapons will affect each of them. I like the fact that the kick back on the guns can be used as an advantage when you use lighter characters. This is also a title that I feel older gamers who grew up on 80’s movies will really appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humour.

Tango Fiesta! Is available now on steam which you can buy here:- http://store.steampowered.com/app/276730/

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no1phil
PR Manager & Editor for XLC Gaming Network. I have been gaming since the ZX Spectrum days growing up through many generations of consoles. A bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming genres. When I'm not either being shot at, dancing, scoring for the other team or racing I am trying to become a guitar God with Rocksmith 2014.