Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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Absolute Instant chronicles the epic battle of two races called the Terrestrians and the Celestians. The Terrestrians have historically been oppressed by the superior technology of the Celestians. However, the Terrestrians have recently discovered technology that allows them to teleport from one point to another in the sky. This, evidently, is the breakthrough that finally allows them to take the fight to the Celestians.
This is a bullet hell shooter through and through. It plays like most similar games you'll find on iOS. Players use a finger to guide a ship through levels stuffed full of enemies, bullets, and power-ups. Absolute Instant certainly lives up to the frenzied standard of the bullet hell genre. The screen is usually filled to capacity with enemies and their fire, and navigating a ship through the chaos is no easy task.
What sets this shooter apart from other bullet hell games out there is the ability to teleport the ship from any point on the screen to any other point on the screen. This is accomplished simply by tapping anywhere on the screen. The ship will automatically teleport to that point. This makes it possible to escape particularly tricky spots and attack combos. The enemies are designed well to take advantage of this mechanic, and there are several enemy attacks that require the player to teleport in order to avoid them.
The game's visuals are gorgeous and super shiny. The enemy designs are creative and plentiful, and it's a blast to gun them down. The levels are colorful and do a great job at bringing the barely controlled insanity that is characteristic to the bullet hell genre. The bosses have two stages and transition into new, more powerful bosses half-way through each boss fight.
There are only 5 levels in the game, but the levels are lengthy and take a few minutes each to complete. Three difficulty levels mean that the game can scale fairly well to most players. There were some instances where the touch controls were momentarily unresponsive, but this issue was minimal. Fans of bright explosions and shiny ships will love this one, and the teleportation brings a little something new to the genre.