The freeware cross-platform Vivaldi browser has launched an arcade-style runner game, Vivaldia, as part of Vivaldi 3.4.
Built into the browser itself, the game is “set in a world where humans and technology collide, the hero of the game, Vivaldia, fights to overcome evil and claim her city back.”
A closer look at the game shows that while Vivaldia clearly owes much to classic arcade titles, and the soundtrack is clearly grounded in that era, its visual “limitations” are overtly confected. This results in a fun game that feels a little old-style, but it’s a visage that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, and one that might turn off retro fans.
Which is a shame, as Vivaldia is quite good fun, with an 80s-style backstory. The presence of a female protagonist – largely absent in the 80s videogame scene – is a welcome inclusion.
Vivaldia wakes up to discover that her peaceful city has been taken over by the big evil machines who want to steal everyone’s identity and turn people into numbers. If the humans don’t fight back, their future looks bleak.
In the face of adversity, Vivaldia grows strong and takes on the enemy. She fights to save the humans of the city.
Riding her cybernetic ninja one-wheeler called the CyclePunk, Vivaldia outruns and outsmarts the big evil machines. At times, it looks like an impossible battle to win but through courage and strength, Vivaldia triumphs. The evil is overcome and the humans can claim their city and future back. Vivaldia has won the hearts of the people.
Offering online and offline support, Vivaldia is available in Vivaldi for Windows, macOS, Linux, Chromebook, and Android. Keyboard controls (WASD, etc) are available, but you may also prefer to connect a gamepad – also supported. Grab your copy of Vivaldi+Vivaldia at Vivaldi.com.
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