Circuit Breakers by Triverske an Excalibur Publishing is a top down arcade shooter straight from the 80’s. It boasts a retro look and couch co-op.
Every character in Circuit Breakers comes with a basic weapon at their disposal. For example, there’s a shotgun, machine gun, laser, and rocket launcher available from the beginning. There are also 6 unlockable characters with their own unique weapons. Destroying the enemy robots results in them dropping crystals that can then be picked up to increase the power of your character’s weapon. The shotgun will shoot wider and farther. The machine gun will shoot faster. If you don’t pick up a steady amount of crystals and continue to fire, the weapon will be downgraded. This forces the player to stay in the fray at all times. Taking damage will also cause your weapon to be downgraded. The weapons are all well balanced. However, the game does not make good use of the analog sticks. You can use either the sticks or the buttons on the controller which means you can only shoot in 8 directions. This limits the player, and seems strange for a game in 2017.