When I interviewed Super Space Club’s developer, Graham Reid he described his game as “a vibrant lo-fi arcade space shooter that is a fun experience that you can chill to.” As someone who always loves winding down the end of the night with a game that I can just pop quickly into this sounded like it was right up my alley. So when I was provided a review code that is exactly what I did. I played this at the end of the night for multiple nights and now I know what this game is and who it is for.
Let’s dive into it.
Unfortunately there isn’t a story here at all. The game features cool and unique character designs, but besides their name we really don’t know their motivations. This isn’t what the game is going for, but it would have been nice to get some backstory.
In Super Space Club, you choose your configuration for each run. Your choices consist of choosing your pilot, your ship and your ammo. Afterwards you fly around attempting to achieve all the objectives while trying to last as long as you can without dying.
The objectives are usually something like kill a certain number of ships, take down a certain number of waves, collect a number of materials, and execute different moves. These objectives are varied enough that it makes every run feel rewarding and worthwhile.
Super Space Club has a lot going for it, but the best aspect is the music and how it creates the overall tone and vibe of the game. The music and SFX was done by an artist known as Fat Bard. Fat Bard masterfully mixes various genres to create a Lo-Fi soundtrack that is different from anything I’ve ever heard. There are a couple of Reggae Lo-Fi tracks in particular that are certified jams.
The game also has a fantastic artstyle. It is vibrant, colorful, and adds to the chill vibes that it is going for. The colored backgrounds make the white comets and bullets really standout.
Another strong aspect of the game is that there are several upgrades and unlockables for you to obtain. You can unlock new characters who each have their own special abilities, new weapons for your ship, and new ships to pilot. The best part is that all of this is unlocked by using the materials that you collect while naturally playing the game.
One aspect about the gameplay that feels like a missed opportunity is that there isn’t any way to reverse. You are always thrusting forward, but it feels like there should be a way to go backwards to evade and maneuver.
Overall/Should you Play Super Space Club:
Over the years, I’ve played plenty of games that had the intention of providing a chill and relaxing experience, but nothing like Super Space Club. This game’s vibe is just different. The music, artstyle, and gameplay combine to deliver a purely relaxing experience.
I can see myself playing this at the end of a long day or when I have a quick ten minutes to spare. Flying around to the game’s smooth Lo-fi music gives me the same relaxing feeling as swinging around New York is Spider-man 2018 and Miles Morales. The game has its flaws like its lack of a narrative and not giving us a reason to invest in its cool roster of characters. All that aside though, if you are looking for a perfect chill and relax game with a phenomenal soundtrack then you should check out Super Space Club.
Where Should Super Space Club fit in your video game backlog:
Here at the ProNerd Report and on the Single Player Experience Podcast, we practice the 10 games backlog rule. In this practice, you log down 10 games, those games are gonna be your video game backlog. To be as productive as you possibly can be, we recommend that you only play three games at one time. One single player narrative game, one game that’s gonna be your chill and relaxed game, and another game that’s going to be your palate cleanser game, which is a game that you play when you’re not in the mood for your other narrative. When you complete or get tired of one game, it leaves the backlog list. Then you decide which new game is added to the list, and which game on the list advances to your active three games.
Super Space Club – It should come as no surprise that I’m recommending Super Space Club to be in your chill and relax spot. This game was made for chill vibes.
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