Developer: Rishi Mody
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

CIRCA6 is an incredibly simple game. Take a look at the screenshots below and that’s pretty obvious. Attractive in its own way it might be, but feature-packed it’s not. It’s a minimalistic shooter that focuses on providing an enjoyable experience rather than memorable visuals. It works as a fun distraction for five minutes, for the most part.

Controls are conducted via a virtual joystick which allows one to propel forwards, with bullets flying out in the opposite end of the direction taken. Working on a kind of thrusting basis, it takes a brief bit of adaptation but it’s soon quite natural to use. Shooting is done automatically with endless waves of colored dots flying at the player. These dots are different colors, each representing a different skill level. While one color might be fairly dumb and easy to take out, another might be keen to dodge bullets and tricky to chase after.

circa63circa64Players are provided with three lives so there’s room for error. but as a high score chasing game it’s still frustrating when a simple mistake is made. There are also power-ups available to aid one’s progress. Again, they’re represented as colored dots with blue dots destroying all enemies around the player, while pink slows them down. They’re not significantly game-changing but they do help.

That’s the thing behind the simplicity of CIRCA6. Rarely is anything hugely significant but it’s still fun to chip away at one’s previous high score and vie for the top of the leaderboards. CIRCA6 might not offer the depth of other games, but it does lend itself well to the five minute session player. Survival is always satisfying, after all.


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