DISCLAIMER: You can find the original review written (by me) in Greek, on IGN Greece.
Note: This is NOT a direct translation of the original IGN article, but rather a more free translation of my words in Greek with a little bit of flavor added for my blog.
Radiostatic is an indie video game dev company from Los Angeles and it’s bringing us Fuego. Once the dust settles, you will want to be the one with the most dough in your pockets. Fuego puts you in a Mexican stand-off situation where you are responsible of who will shoot who and what.
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Fuego is an indie puzzle game where the player has to choose to play in the arena or try various challenges. In the arena, you are called to action in a stand-off against another player online or against the computer AI. The game is available on various platforms and the cross-multiplayer functionality makes the game even better than it could ever be.
In the arena, two players take turns in positioning their banditos wherever they want on the board. Every gunman has 1 to 4 pistols and hey are randomly given to the players, with both players getting the same characters. Each player’s goal is to be the one with the most money at the end of the stand-off by either destroying banks or other banditos to steal their money. Once all four banditos have been placed, the ones with the least guns go first and the ones with the most last. You can imagine how easily things can get complicated and really challenging.
The arena is extremely fun once you’ve played three to four games but so are the challenges. With about 60 solo stage to try out, it will take you quite some time before you get bored of the game. A series of challenges give you certain kind of banditos (with a specific amount of guns) and put you in various situations where you have to figure out how to get all the money on the level. The more you advance in the game, the harder those challenges become.
The game’s gameplay is very simplistic and it’s all about the quick understanding of it as well as the high difficulty when it comes to mastering it. Combined with beautifully sketched levels and characters who come in animal forms, the title gives us a special kind of Wild West and puts us in a very fun atmosphere due to its amazing sound effects. The dead silence that falls right after all the characters have been put on the board, and the revolvers that break that silence right after, both play a huge role in bringing that atmosphere.
My favourite part abut Fuego though, is how fast it can be. With only 10 seconds to place your character, the game can last no more than 2 minutes at most. This makes the game a very casual title that can keep you interested in it for a very long time. It can very easily break your boredom that other games create you from time to time.
My only complaint though would be that I am not able to play with someone locally. There is no local versus mode and that was something that I found weird, since, the way I see it, it could be something that can be implemented quite easily in the game. The game is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as on PC and Linux through Steam platform.
Fuego is a beautiful indie puzzle game that offers a lot of replayability as well as fast and satisfying online 1v1 games. Despite its lack of a local versus mode, the game manages to deliver all kinds of other awesome features and I really can’t wait to see what else it can bring us in the future.
It’s a game shortcut that shouldn’t be missing from anyone’s desktop.
Rating : 8.7 / 10
-Konstantinos “Kelfecil” Christakis