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Game #3451
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  SolarWolf    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Fanmade Remakes
Action   Arcade

Rating: 8.71 (14 votes)

SolarWolf box cover

SolarWolf screenshot
It indeed does not take all that fancy multimedia or a billion of features to create an enjoyable game. It takes nothing more than a little spaceship going around in the cardinal directions, boxes to collect and four mindless baddies shooting lethal fireballs. SolarWolf is a remake of the old Atari console game SolarFox, sporting hi-quality presentation and ported to numerous platforms, all for free.

Yup, it's one of those simple games based on reflexes and hand-eye coordination, and boy, is it fun to play. You'll have to watch the four cannons (or dragon heads?) closely – you can see when they're about to fire, which is actually some brilliant game design – and look out for multiple fireballs at the same time to navigate a clear path through. Quick fingers and a bit of tactics are your only weapon. Gather the boxes in one try under the time limit and you're allowed a level skip.

SolarWolf is sufficiently addictive and challenging. You'll be able to continue from every few levels you've managed to beat, so the game won't be too frustrating when it comes to making progress. Perfect for when you have a few minutes to waste or don't care for playing anything complicated at all.

Reviewed by: Eino
Designer: Pete Shinners
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2001
Software Copyright: Pete Shinners
Theme: Science Fiction
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP, Linux, Solaris, Macintosh
Where to get it:   Entry at pygame.org
Related Links: SolarFox entry at mame.dk (archived)
If you like this game, try: Plasmaworm, Robotron: 2084, Attack of the Mutant Camels

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