When I first played Woah Dave! at PAX East 2014, it invoked a nostalgic sense of fun I hadn’t experienced in a while. While I was playing something new, it felt familiar, like I had played this game before, and I kind of had. It’s definitely an homage to gaming classics from the 80s such as Mario Bros. and Joust, and it’s a fun ride.

Action is getting intense.

Action is getting intense.

Arcade-style games are meant to be easy to pick up and quick to start, and Woah Dave! is no exception. With a catchy beat to get you started, you’re thrown into the action as eggs and skulls fall around you. Starring as Dave Lonuts, you are repelling an alien invasion by destroying alien eggs and the creatures that come out of them. It’s a simple concept that gets more and more difficult as the game speeds up over time.

Scorekeeping is done by collecting coins that drop when killing an enemy. Each time enemies hit the lava at the bottom of the stage, they fly back up to the top and become more difficult to fight off, though they also drop more coins each time they make a successful journey to the bottom.

I just made it rain with a WOAH! block.

I just made it rain with a WOAH! block.

As you grow more comfortable with the game, you begin to develop strategies in how best to clear the screen. Will you let creatures hit the bottom of the map repeatedly so they will be worth more when killing them but let them fill up the screen, or will you clear everything ASAP in an attempt to keep some kind of sanity but receive a lower score? Can I hold onto this POW WOAH block until I absolutely need it or should I clear off the screen right now? It’s a fun, hectic mix of playing both passively and aggressively as needs change. If you can manage to acquire 150 coins in one session, you’ll unlock a hard mode where enemies come at you even faster.

Woah Dave! also has a 2-player mode for local mayhem. Here, you share a screen with your opponent and have two minutes to rack up as many coins as you can in a sort of tug-o-war over who will be declared the winner. When collecting coins, a meter fills up in your direction and when you lose coins due to death or when your opponent collects coins, it will move in their favor. It’s chaos as you try to gather coins and survive.

What does it mean?

What does it mean?

Finally, there’s one bit of trivia with the game that I haven’t yet been successful in unlocking the truths of. You won’t notice this unless you take the time to pay attention to what you’re seeing. When a player hits the game over screen, the backdrop turns into a cityscape, the lava turns into a road, and the aliens turn into people. Is our hero on some kind of drug- or alcohol-induced trip? Should we be more worried about what this means and the implications it has on the game?

Woah Dave! is a fun arcade experience that won’t break your wallet. It can be played on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, 3DS, PS4, and Vita.

Watch Sabriel play a bit of the game here!

Review: Woah Dave!
Woah Dave! is an enjoyable, fast-paced arcade game that kept me coming back for more,
Pro
  • Easy to pick up, fun to master.
  • Catchy music.
Con
  • Creepy "game over" screen if you stop to think about it.
9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
10.0

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Sabriel Mastin writes about and creates videos about video games, enjoying the indie side of things most of all. She has many aspirations in life, one of those being sharing the games and the stories of independent developers from around the world.

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