Here at Dealspwn we’re all about getting the best games for the least amount of financial effort, and we often tend to forget that some of the most addictive offerings out there are completely free. With that in mind, welcome to Click To Play, a new weekly feature where we’ll be hunting down the best browser-based games each week so you don’t have to. Check in with us every Monday to spice up your coffee breaks for the week!
This week: Starmageddon
Sometimes the best games out there are the simplest, harking back to more retro times, when and sucking you in with a delicate combination of simple accessibility and a challenging difficulty curve. Starmageddon is one such game, a space shooter in the style of the R-Type Series, with more than a passing resemblance to the scrolling combat found in Ikaruga. It's not as hard-as-nails as the haiku-toting classic, but Starmageddon is certainly entertaining enough to keep you occupied as you blast your way through your lunch break.
You man a little space fighter with some aggro issues, as your little winged death-bringer appears to have jammed its firing systems, constantly spewing forth blobs of energised doom. This means that all you have to worry about is ducking and diving away from your enemies as your automatic plasma cannons do the dirty work for you. You earn coins and diamonds as you defeat your foes, making for lots of tasty upgrades, until finally you can turn your fighter into a near-indestructible ship able to rain down destruction in 360 degrees.
It's a lot of fun, pretty to look at, and with some impressive boss battles, but Starmageddon suffers from one big flaw: it's far too easy. Games of this type have always traditionally been hardcore, nerve-shredding affairs that require expert timing, Skywalker-esque laser dodging and a certain degree of anger management. By contrast, Vibe13's game is something of a walk in the park once you've upgraded your ship to a certain level, although the final boss was pleasantly taxing. An entertaining space romp then, perfect for the casual gamer, but a little on the easy side.