As mentioned, the original game was relatively basic, and the game mechanics had to raise a level. After the rework, the game appears to be almost new: advanced mechanics and unique enemies supplemented the game and upgraded it by infusing the elements from the original release. The gameplay now swerved from the original shoot-em-up style, and now it plays more like a classic bullet hell game.
The process of configuring every element in the game to live up to the vision of the modern game was demanding but worth it. By prioritizing every detail, developers had to find a way to recreate the main character and its enemies, the surroundings, and the structure of the levels. Only then did time for art implementation, sound effects, visual polishing, and other inner details of the game come.
The game design rework had its challenges as in the game. Many things are happening in the game simultaneously, so the gameplay had to be challenging but fair to play. There were a lot of trials and errors, but through rigorous testing, the game found its new skin and principles while keeping the original narrative intact. We strongly believe we managed to find the golden mean, and the modern, reworked Yars game is now ready to meet fans of arcade games.
Just as for the other installations of Recharged series, Yars: Recharged let us experience the new joy of arcade games firsthand. It is essential for those who did not have the opportunity to try them while they were still eating our quarters in the arcade or inducing our frustration on Atari 2600. Fortunately, the modern version of the game will bring those memories for those who played the original. It will also let us experience the past in a new way as the modern gaming principles make the game truly recharged.