A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher is a unique game that will test your skills as you try to pat your head and rub your belly at the same time. Learn more in our A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher review!
Ask An Enemy Studios, the developer of A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher refers to the game as a twin-stick risk ‘em up in which you need to control two different ships with different objectives to complete. The screen is split right down the middle, and you will need to destroy everything that moves on the left side of the screen, while you try to recover items on the right side of the screen. The ship on the left half of the screen can’t be damaged, while the one on the right can. As you can probably imagine, this leads to some very hectic gaming sessions.
The game does tutorials differently since it presents them as short videos that showcase the basics of A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher. The left analog stick controls the ship on the left, while the right analog stick controls the ship on the right. As you take on the right side of things, you should follow the arrows to find valuable resources. As you move and shoot on the left side of the screen, your energy will go down, and if you run out, it’s bad news. Destroying enemies will send more resources on the right side of the screen, and collecting resources brings power-ups on the left side of the screen. Oh, and every four minutes a giant wall of fire will close in on your ship on the right side, so you will need to rush to the center and activate a skill to buy you some extra time.
As you recover resources and materials on the right side of the screen, you need to keep your eye on the meter on the left side of the screen – the blue half of the heart at the bottom center. Every time you shoot with the ship on the left, the meter will go down, and if you let it run out, it’s going to be bad news for your mission. To keep this from happening, you’ll need to sacrifice a material by pressing the Y button. This will completely recover the meter for the ship on the left so that you can carry on shooting at enemies, but you shouldn’t use it too much because what you’re sacrificing also acts as your score multiplier.
The twist for is that unlike other fast-paced shoot ’em ups, in A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher is that you can’t just play until you’re destroyed, as you would on any other game in which you want to obtain the highest score possible. Why? Because if you die, your score is gone, and so might your position on the leaderboard! To be able to use your score for a chance at a slot on the leaderboard, you’ll need to extract your ships from danger before it is too late. Because of this, playing until you die is not an option. Any enemy you don’t destroy on the left will end up attacking your other ship on the right.
Along with the enemies that might find their way to the right side of things, you will also need to avoid the deadly fireballs… which can also be used to your advantage! If you have a fireball following you, and it is changed into a seeker, try to keep it near you on the right side of the screen since it will boost your score multiplier. If you manage to make a seeker crash into another seeker will boost your score bonus, as will circling a resource out on the playing field. You can hold down the B button when the ship on the right is over a resource or material to speed up the process, but you need to be careful when you do this since you need to be ready to move out of the way if a hazard is on its way to do some hurting.
A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher is a different type of shoot ‘em up that does something very different that makes it stand out in the genre. While you’re used to aiming at improving your high score when playing a shoot ‘em up, in this one that’s all you really aim for, but instead of trying to get that one last kill before you’re destroyed, you need to juggle doing something different on both halves of the screen so that you can eventually extract from the action to save your score. And that’s not where things end since you can then move on to the next tier where things will start to get even crazier, investing your score for a potential bigger payout. Are you ready?
This A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher reviews is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Ask An Enemy Studios.