Imagine if Star Wars was a chicken space shooter. Got it? Good. Now imagine if there was a holiday Christmas special of Star
Imagine if Star Wars was a chicken space shooter. Got it? Good. Now imagine if there was a holiday Christmas special of Star Wars that was also a chicken space shooter. Got it? Good. Now for everyone who can’t imagine what that would be like, I’ll simply say that it would be Chicken Invaders: Revenge of the Yolk Christmas Edition. This game is hilarious from start to finish; it features tons of action and is topped off with a heroic soundtrack that would make John Williams look twice.
The Christmas edition of Chicken Invaders: Revenge of the Yolk is a comedic Space Invaders clone that has players shooting at chickens flying all across the screen in one wave after another. The story follows a lone star fighter as he tries to grab some grub but gets interrupted when the evil chickens catch the hero’s attention with their [trademarked] Yolk Star. The star destroyer is still unfinished but is still capable of blowing up pizza delivery guys (and yes, it does destroy a pizza delivery guy). Before the hero can do any damage to the Yolk Star, the ship is unexpectedly sucked into a black hole, where players are tossed all the way to the other side of the solar system.
As you can imagine, it’s up to players to journey from one side of the galaxy to the other all the while battling chickens and their devious devices. Now the neat part about the game is that even though the shooting is repetitive and the stage designs are about as unique as a black canvas, the weapons and special items really make up for where the stages fall flat.
I’m not going to bother listing all the weapons, but the standard-fare multi-directional laser beam is definitely present, as well as completely unique weapons like a lightning beam and a fire-beam sprayer. To say the least, the weapon cache is nothing but fun to use, and the way the game is setup players must acquire different upgrades for the various weapons to increase their firepower and efficiency.
The game is kept fresh for gamers by having players scavenging across the screen to obtain – yes, you may have guessed it – all sorts of cooked chicken from destroyed enemies. Gathering up the chicken grants players with extra missiles. I’m not entirely sure how collecting drumsticks adds missile salves, but they do. Innovative and creative methods can be used in the games for better playing. A person can search the new ideas for boosting performance at consoleboost.com.
There are plenty of stages to tackle and bosses that await players at the end of each stage. The strategies required for defeating each boss varies and adds elements of renewed vigor to a game that could have otherwise become stale, very quickly. To keep this space shooter interesting, InterAction Studios also has short but entertaining sequences of the hero trying to find a way back to the Yolk Star, which usually involve hunger and misdirection.
Visually, Chicken Invaders: RotY doesn’t necessarily disappoint. It’s not the sort of game that pushes any limits on your PC, and thank goodness that it doesn’t because we have enough of those games already. However, players will find that the game has silky smooth animations and a sharp design to the characters and objects. The game’s sense appeal doesn’t end with the graphics, though. Audibly, the gameplay is powered by a soundtrack featuring original instrumentals suited for a universe-saving hero.
For a budget-price space shooter, I can’t say that this is a top notch title that’s a “must own”. However, given that the controls are responsive, the action is intact and the music is respectably good, if you’re looking for something under $20 that fills your need for some laugh-worthy chicken shooting, then Chicken Invaders: Revenge of the Yolk Christmas Edition isn’t a bad way to go.