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  • Summary: An ancient floatilla of derelict hulks floats through space, ripe with valuable alien technologies waiting to be salvaged. Even though the alien inhabitants are clearly dead, cybernetic security systems lie in wait to shred any intruders. Empowered by a contract of privateering, and a surlyAn ancient floatilla of derelict hulks floats through space, ripe with valuable alien technologies waiting to be salvaged. Even though the alien inhabitants are clearly dead, cybernetic security systems lie in wait to shred any intruders. Empowered by a contract of privateering, and a surly mech-suit bristling with ordnance, you must plan your boarding action, load munitions, and blast your way through the alien wreck to destroy the Security Core and get paid! Cryptark is a plasma-scorched 2D sci-fi shooter, and all of us at AlienTrap Games are excited to be showing it off at E3 this year. We’re certain that Cryptark’s aggressive firefights will get some smiles on the showfloor, but there’s more depth beyond just the flying shrapnel. As a scrappy mech privateer, everything you do is financially orientated. All those shells and rockets cost money. Achieve the obscure objectives set by your shadowy employers, and increase your rewards. Just don’t get fragged, or you’ll be left holding the bill. Go into the red, and your tenuous government contract will be terminated. [Alien Trap Games] Expand
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  1. Jul 6, 2017
    80
    Cryptark is a terrific roguelike twin stick shooter, with three different campaigns, plenty of enemies and a solid, unforgiving gameplay.
  2. 80
    Cryptark may be yet another roguelike game, it may also be yet another independently developed twin stick shooter, but it melds both genres together into a compelling package and runs with it. The challenge may be steep, however give Cryptark your time and there is plenty here to enjoy, especially if you love the genre.
  3. Aug 8, 2017
    78
    Cryptark’s surprising depth of options might hook you at the outset, but they aren’t enough to make you return time and again.
  4. Jul 4, 2017
    75
    Cryptark is unforgiving and merciless in its approach to balancing roguelike elements with a deeper sense of exploration and survival. It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but anyone looking to salvage a lengthy dungeon-crawler in space that is heavy on action and challenge will find plenty to love here. And scream about, when a perfect run is cocked up by the ship teleporting in a few heavy reinforcements right on top of you.
  5. Jul 9, 2017
    67
    Technical issues aside, sadly Cryptark ends up being a middle of the road roguelike. It has some well thought out and unique ideas that get lost in the business of everything around it.
  6. 60
    Overall Cryptark is a great, albeit limited, fast paced experience. While it could have benefited from having a greater narrative scope and dialog between the characters, the action and replayability will be more than enough to keep you going for a long time.
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  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Jun 28, 2017
    10
    The game is brilliant. Combat is epic, and the controls are tight and responsive. Lots of different weapons and abilities. I love how you haveThe game is brilliant. Combat is epic, and the controls are tight and responsive. Lots of different weapons and abilities. I love how you have a budget, which you can expand or shrink based on ur performance, throughout the campaign and choose your weapons/abilities accordingly just like in the old times. It is challenging and the AI is aggressive. Numerous different enemy types and enemy central systems, one for example keeps summoning enemies every couple of seconds so you gotta go run to it and destroy it. There are different modes besides the campaign that I still haven't jumped into. In short, if you're into roguelike shooters then you have to get this. Cryptark is my new favorite PS4 game besides Galak-Z. Indie developers rock. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2020
    4
    This game had loads of potential and looked really good in videos. But you soon begin to learn that it's overreliance on grind and andThis game had loads of potential and looked really good in videos. But you soon begin to learn that it's overreliance on grind and and straight up trolling gameplay that all that potential is lost. The game relies on you getting resources to upgrade your ships to be able to move forward in the levels and it starts out super easy but then the difficulty just jumped up ridiculous amounts and you die and start over. The cost of upgrading your ship is too much and your ship is just underpowered compared to what it has to fight. Most people will be done with this game after three or four tries I was full stop with a bit of balancing and a bit of smart game design they could have really been under something Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2019
    3
    A 2D shooter in a space ship game with good combat and powerful feeling weapons, massively let down by a horrendous monetary system where youA 2D shooter in a space ship game with good combat and powerful feeling weapons, massively let down by a horrendous monetary system where you run out of the money needed to buy ammo so you can’t finished even the earliest levels.

    Added to the insanity is that the “campaign” has a arbitrary timer which is never enough, and that too will end your game, needing to start over.

    Once again we have awful indie devs hiding a lack of content - behind grotesquely pushing repetition system; like running out of money, overly hard difficulty, unfairly punishing restart from the beginning of the game/level death models, unfair timers.....with awfully basic and repetitive procedurally generated levels....just so foolish gamers can bang their heads against a wall till they clue in it was never worth it.

    Only buy if you hate yourself. Otherwise stay away
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  4. Feb 8, 2019
    2
    I was really looking forward to play this game. The gameplay is fun and it looks really cool. Sadly the perma death system in it ruins it allI was really looking forward to play this game. The gameplay is fun and it looks really cool. Sadly the perma death system in it ruins it all for me. This game is not for people with full time jobs, family or even a girlfriend. You spend an insane amount of your funds at the beginning of the level, which is then gone no matter why you didnt reach the end of the level. So you just hope you dont get interrupted, else you lose all your progress. How is that any fun? It's just ridiculous and sad, because i like everything else in this game. But that little misdetermination makes it a waste of time. :( Expand