Skyfox II is a fun, early 3D space shooter from Dynamix that marks one of the earliest and very few collaborative efforts between its two founding designers, Damon Slye and Jeff Tunnell; long before they became household names in the simulation and adventure genres respectively. Sequel to 1984's Skyfox I that was unfortunately never released for the PC, Skyfox II is an excellent space combat shooter, with many different missions and detailed bitmap graphics that were advanced for their time. |
The gameplay is fast, fun, and surprisingly varied. You will pilot a starfighter on a variety of missions, from locating lost artifacts to destroying the enemy. The enemy ships – the Xenomorph fighters in particular – are a far cry from the dummies of most early shooters: they will dodge your fire, gang up on you, and are deadly accurate with their attacks. True to Damon Slye's reputation, Skyfox II also features some simulation and strategy elements: you can plan your attack, set a course on the overview map, and use an autopilot mode. You also have to refuel once in a while, and this naturally puts you in a vulnerable position as enemy ships are always around.
Overall, Skyfox II is much more than a simple arcade-style shoot-em-up. Perfect for fans of space simulations who want some arcade fun, and arcade fans who want something a bit more complex than Space Invaders. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs