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The year is 2051. Location: SATAZIUS, a long-abandoned planet.
The cruiser Agano was on patrol when it was attacked and stricken by a confederacy of space pirates that had established a base on SATAZIUS. The pirates attacked the Agano intending to steal the assault ship ‘Trafalgar’ that was stowed aboard the Agano, but the Trafalgar made a successful emergency escape.
The crew of the Trafalgar calculated the probability of successfully escaping the pirate overrun planet at 0.02%; the probability of charging into and successfully destroying the pirate base was 1%. Taking the higher probability escape plan, the crew of the Trafalgar turned their ship toward the pirate horde and began their charge into the heart of SATAZIUS.
SATAZIUS is an awesome old school side-scrolling arcade shooter by accomplished indie developer ASTRO PORT (Gigantic Army, Armed Seven, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser), featuring an arsenal of 13 types of upgradeable weapons, power-ups, obstacles and boss encounters that arcade veterans will enjoying getting to grips with. Customize your ship by selecting two side weapons which can be selected at any time during and a charge attack to unleash massive destruction.
There is a plethora of enemy ships to shoot down, tight spaces to navigate, power ups to grab, and bonuses to acquire. Featuring great stage design, a thumping techno soundtrack, fast and outstanding action, old school graphics and giant bosses, SATAZIUS is a true throwback to old-school arcade shoot ‘em ups, replete with homages which will be instantly recognizable to fans of arcade shooters.
- 13 upgradeable weapons to choose from
- 4 difficult levels allowing accessibility for new players while challenging veterans as well.
- Varied and exciting stage design
- Massive bosses
- Winner of the August 2008 Jikkyo Play Contents Award
Retro game that could have been better.reginleifx | July 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »
Satazius is basically another side scrolling shooter, like Lifeforce, Gradius, R-Type. However, it's not as fun as those games still are. The gameplay is alright, your ship starts really slow, but you can find some upgrades for your speed, which still doesn't help much. Your weapons can be upgraded as well, but they're changes that can barely be felt. The soundtrack, compared to other shooters like this is not good. Satazius is also easy in my opinion. You can save your Super Weapon for bosses, and kill them in just a few seconds. Get it if you're into the genre, and feel like you should get every single Side Scrolling shooter.
Side Scrolling ShooterTPCGorillaMunch | Dec. 9, 2013 | See all TPCGorillaMunch's reviews »
Satazius is an old school styled, side scrolling shooter. The game is very, very difficult and can be frustrating at times. The ship is reasonably big and to get through some gaps you need to be very precise or you will crash. If you can master the game it can be a nice little experience. You have a variety of primary and secondary weapons to choose from at the start. If you love side scrolling games then this might be for you. If you are new to the genre, I wouldn't recommend this game as it is very hard.
Arcade shooter of early 90smichalmichal | Aug. 10, 2013 | See all michalmichal's reviews »
Satazius is a space shooter, which could easily find its place in the arcades of early 90s. The graphics and sounds remind of that era, and so does the gameplay. You will be flying through some lengthy stages, often pretty difficult - not unlike in the old days. You will be given chances to upgrade and customize your ship and its weapons. We all know the drill, don't we? So although the game is enjoyable, we may have the feeling that we've already seen it all. And it is true, we've seen this kind of game so many time throughout the last 2 decades, that I would only recommend it to you if the genre is completely new to you or you are a fan of similar games.