What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game offers you a very retro flavour and this in turn meant that I found both the visuals and sound design to be very charming.
- Despite the high difficulty curve I found the gameplay to be extremely addictive and no matter how many times I died I still returned to it time and time again.
- There’s a decent array of weapons available for you to use and I liked how they made obtaining a new weapon very random because you don’t know what you’ll get next.
- Each upgrade you can buy actually helps you and this meant that the game gives you another reason to return back to it because you’ll get better as you progress.
- Controlling your ship feels responsive at all times and the shooting elements always feel fluid which does keep the frustration levels down a little.
What I didn’t like:
- In order to get the best upgrades you have to grind quite a lot so expect a bit of repetitiveness because you’ll visit the same level again and again.
- Those who are not looking for too much of a challenge will find this game to be very unforgiving because you’ll die a lot especially at the start.
Does Black Paradox do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all whenever I see the words roguelite shoot ’em up that said game has my attention almost immediately because it’s a genre that I thoroughly enjoy no matter what the challenge entails. Black Paradox certainly offers you a challenge as well and if you’re one of those who isn’t fond of an unforgiving difficulty curve then this may not be for you. Thankfully I don’t mind a challenging difficulty curve as long as the game gives you a reason to continue and Black Paradox definitely did that because the gameplay was very addictive to say the least. It also allows you to improve the more you play as well thanks to the upgrades that you can obtain during your time with the game. Speaking about the upgrades each one of them feels very important but I will warn you now that some of them do require quite a bit of grinding to get so expect a little repetitiveness to creep in every now and then. You’ll also experience a few frustrating moments during this time as well but thankfully I’m pleased to say that the frustration levels never go too high thanks to the very responsive controls and very fluid shooting elements that are present in the game. In terms of content the game doesn’t have a huge amount for you to get to grips with but the content it does have is varied enough and it also has the added bonus of featuring a very decent presentation filled with lots of retro flavour. At the end of the day then Black Paradox is a game that features an old-school style with modern offerings and this makes the game accessible to newcomers and veterans alike delivering a challenging yet rewarding experience of shoot ’em up action for the most part. This then makes recommending this game to you a very easy thing to do.
I rate Black Paradox 8/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Fantastico Studio
Release Date (Xbox One): May 3, 2019