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  • Summary: Power slide your way between bullets and screen-shaking explosions, and maybe solve the mystery of Cycle 28, a space shooter in the classic arcade style that keeps you pushing for a high score. The controls are simple. The action is fast-paced. Intense dogfights lead to epic, screen-fillingPower slide your way between bullets and screen-shaking explosions, and maybe solve the mystery of Cycle 28, a space shooter in the classic arcade style that keeps you pushing for a high score. The controls are simple. The action is fast-paced. Intense dogfights lead to epic, screen-filling bosses.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 16, 2019
    80
    Despite the fairly limited upgrades and occasional flaws, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be found in Cycle 28. Its fast-paced, addictive gameplay will keep you coming back again, and again, and again… Needless to say, the name is apt.
  2. Aug 13, 2018
    80
    Cycle 28 disguises itself as a solid arcade shooter with minimalist aesthetics but slowly reveals itself to be something far beyond that. It successfully manages to engulf the player in the mystery that led to the player character's current predicament and entices you to seek the truth, find answers to questions you didn’t know existed and attempt to break the cycle and… who knows, maybe freedom and a happy conclusion? We rarely get to play video games where each ‘Game Over’ offers the possibility to solve a mystery, so we kept coming back to it again and again - and so will you.
  3. Aug 13, 2018
    75
    A fun little momentum shooter with a drab visual style that is perfect for quick bouts of play. The difficulty and repeat play design won’t be for everyone but if you are after a Luftrausers-esque title at a budget price you can’t go wrong.
  4. Aug 2, 2018
    70
    Even though there a few things I wish to have been added, I for one found Cycle 28 a joy to play, fun to blast through and a game that would be a nice addition to any gamer’s library.
  5. 65
    When it comes right down to it, Cycle 28’s gameplay rarely exceeds its arcade-housed forefathers. It attempts to develop its gameplay into something more, and while honorable, this effort is mostly fruitless. The unlockable upgrade system does add some mild drive to push the player forward, but odds are it won’t be enough to keep you playing throughout the entire story. If you are looking for a retro, arcade shooter, there is a reasonably solid experience here, but don’t expect anything more.
  6. Nov 16, 2018
    60
    Cycle 28 is an extremely minimalist but nonetheless competent space-themed shoot'em up that features a solid gameplay and a plot structure that is undeniably interesting to a certain point. The game's minimalism ends up becoming excessive, however, and a bit more variety would not harm, especially since the Cycle 28 as it is runs the risk of becoming repetitive too quickly.
  7. Jul 20, 2018
    58
    While the core gameplay is enjoyable, it would have benefited from a few more features and better all-around balancing. The story offers at least some level of intrigue, but the effort needed to unravel it outside of the game doesn’t really feel worth the effort, though I can imagine at least a few dedicated cyber sleuths getting a kick out of it. Considering all of this, we’re really just left with a solid retro-inspired indie shooter based around an interesting nugget of an idea, something that ultimately really isn’t all that uncommon these days.
Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 30, 2018
    9
    So, I've been singing the praises of Cycle 28 for weeks. It's my daily go to for a quick fix of classic arcade action. While Cycle 28 playsSo, I've been singing the praises of Cycle 28 for weeks. It's my daily go to for a quick fix of classic arcade action. While Cycle 28 plays like a successor to Asteroids, there's more of a defined space to explore, like Sinistar.

    Cycle 28 is best described as a minimalist, arcade shooter, rouge-like. Yep, the thing that brings you back is a few simple, but effective power-ups, that give you that extra little boost against the enemy fleet. From bullet types to drones, you can equip two at a time and I'm not sure how many there are. Which, brings up faults?

    This is a classic arcade game. There's a deep meta-story, with an already claimed, real-life prize. If you are looking for a deep, linear story, you might be disappointed. But, that shouldn't be the reason you are playing. You are here for the action.

    Your ship is a simple, but unique shape and you find that it helps you stick out from the 3 or 4 colors majorly present when playing. You mission is to stay alive? Recuse someone? ...I'm not sure, but basically, every time I play, it goes from 0 to 10 pretty quickly.

    You've got three buttons. Steering with the left analog. Boost with RT. Fire with A. Firing w/o boosting will push you back, so there's always a delicate balance between attacking and strafing enemy fire. Speaking of fire, you get about 3 hits before you are shieldless. Escaping for a engine and weapon cool down usually brings them back, but by that time, larger ships have called in wing of attack craft and you go from attack to defense like that. While all this is happening, all the ships are sending out ant-sized drone fighters, just to make things interesting. Quick note. The ambient audio and score never encroach on the action and without displays, you'll need to rely on audio cues to stay alive.

    If you are looking for a Japanese-style SHUMP, you might be a bit put off. But if you understand why we still talk about the classic arcade games that started all this, you are in for a treat with Cycle 28.
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