In today’s preview, I’m taking a look at Dog Duty which is currently in Steam Early Access. Since this game is not yet finished, I won’t be giving the game a score. It would be unfair to do this since the current state of the game may not be indicative of the final product. There are still a few tweaks left to make on it before it leaves Early Access.
Having said that, so far, the game is a lot of fun. The premise is simple; destroy the Octopus Commander and those that support him. It feels a lot like the Commando and Command and Conquer series of games with respect to the controls system that is used. It’s literally the case of point and click, so really simple! It is also possible to separate the three characters so that they can target different enemies, or have all three of them go in all guns blazing! This is a nice level of player control, and with their different abilities, it helps to add more balance to the gameplay.
There were a few instances when playing that the characters would get stuck on the scenery and they wouldn’t always take the most obvious path to get to location X. This even included running straight into explosive barrels. However, this was few and far between and didn’t take away from the experience.
The AI is also smart enough as well to take over turrets and the like if one of their fellow goons is killed, which is nice because it still adds to the challenge. Lesser games would have had the other enemies firing their normal weapons instead of taking the initiative and taking over the reins of the turret.
Added to this is the fact that new weapons can be purchased to make things a bit easier, which is always a bonus when it comes to later in the game, as well as with boss fights.
Visually, it’s clear that the game is in the final stages of Early Access. The animations are smooth and generally everything runs well with no slowdown. This is especially true when there are a lot of explosions on the screen.
The music fits in with the overall theme of the game as well, although if you don’t like rock/metal, you may want to turn the music off.
As it stands just now, in its near final state, I would be happy to recommend people that are on the fence about the game to pick it up. It is fun, and full of carnage, and the tweaks over the coming months will be enough to smooth the game out. Once the game is out of Early Access, a full review will be published.
The game can be purchased just now on Steam.