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[PlayStation 5] Spacewing War Review

[PlayStation 5] Spacewing War Review
  • On June 16, 2022

Spacewing War from eastasiasoft and Pneuma Games is a Game Boy-inspired shoot ‘em up on PlayStation. Learn more in our Spacewing War review!


Spacewing War from eastasiasoft and Pneuma Games is a Game Boy-inspired shoot ‘em up on PlayStation. Planet Mavros has become inhabitable due to pollution. The good news is that a new potential home has been found: Earth! This is not good news for you since you’ll have to take on the invaders through seven action-packed levels as you try to defend the planet. And once you’ve completed the Story Mode, new campaigns will unlock to keep the fun going! As you can probably tell from the game’s trailer and the screens in this Spacewing War review, this one feels inspired by the beloved Kirby series, from the title cards you get for each chapter to the enemy and boss designs.

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You’ll control your spaceship with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, shooting with the Square or Circle buttons. You can swap weapons by pressing the Triangle button. Your weapons include a regular, narrow shot, a pair of boomerangs that launch in front of you and behind, a powerful bomb that goes boom, and a special spread shot that shoots three bullets in front of you and one behind your spaceship. I suggest you use the spread shot for the levels themselves and switch out to the bomb when taking on bosses – more on these in a bit.


You can gain some extra lives based on your score, as well as by collecting the 1-up items you can find on each stage. There are also hearts you can collect to recover some of your lost health. These hearts will help you recover two or four hearts, and there are special hearts with a big F on them that will completely fix your spaceship. You could also collect the weights that increase your attack power. And if you’re lucky enough, you might grab yourself a mighty shield that can protect you from all enemy attacks for a short period of time.

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At the end of each stage, you’ll battle a big bad boss. At first, it might seem like you’re not dealing any damage since the boss won’t flash when hit, nor will there be any rumble feedback. But then you’ll notice a counter on the bottom left corner of the screen with the letter E. As you use your weapons to damage the boss, this counter will move closer and closer to zero, and once you get there, the boss will explode, and you’ll be able to carry onward to the next stage. There will also be some mini-bosses for you to defeat along the way.


Spacewing War has a full trophy list split into 2 Bronze trophies, 3 Silver trophies, and 10 Gold trophies. Since the game is Cross-Buy, and with each version having its own list, if you own a PlayStation 5, you can get two Platinum trophies for your collection. There are a handful of trophies for defeating 50, 150, 300, and 500 enemies, and another handful for grabbing 1, 10, 20, and 50 items. The rest will unlock as you complete each level in the game. Just focus on destroying all enemies and collecting all items you find, and you should have all enemies and items related trophies unlocked when you’re taking on the fifth level in the game.

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And to customize your Spacewing War experience, you can select from one of the 50 different color palettes that make the game look like a variety of 8-bit consoles and portables from back in the day. You can stick with the old-school grey – a.k.a. green – look for the screen, or mix things up and find out which color palette works best for you. Maybe you want to do one full run with each color palette? That could be fun!

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Spacewing War is a fun sidescrolling shoot ‘em up that pays homage to the old-school Game Boy style of games we used to get back in the day. It offers seven stages to explore with some huge bosses to defeat along the way, with easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics and different difficulty settings so that gamers of all skill levels can take the game for a spin. And once you complete Story Mode, you’ll unlock Challenge Mode, which dials up the difficulty, as well as C. Uufoo’s Quest, an extra mode in which you’ll be playing as said character, shooting at enemies to fill up a special bar on the left side of the screen, to then use the Triangle button to choose a spell and pressing the Circle button to cast it – and each spell has its own cost! How fast can you beat this new mode? What unlocks after completing C. Uufoo’s Quest? You’ll have to find out on your own! Spacewing War is out as a Cross-Buy title for the low price of only $6.99, giving you both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, each one with its own trophy list.

This Spacewing War review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

Review Overview

Fun sidescrolling shoot ‘em up that pays homage to the Game Boy