Developer: NubsterSoft
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

EIG1I’m a big fan of the dual stick space shooter genre, and Earth is Gone follows along the same winning formula that makes these games a good time. Impressive environments make this top down shooter easy on the eyes.

Earth Is Gone is plagued with a shallow game progression in that is simply a top score game. The approach of getting to that top score against a network of friends has worked since the beginning of video games though, so it’s not exactly a failure for the game. There is just a lot more that games can do to further develop this style of game, with weapon and vehicle upgrades, new map unlocks, and any kind of story element.

The controls of Earth Is Gone are great, and maneuvering the spaceship feels precise. The soundtrack isn’t overly annoying, and the different spaceship offerings provide some layer of customization to the player. There aren’t many options, but the few they are appropriate renditions of what spaceships should look like.

Each level is divided up into waves, with a boss battle commencing at the end of each wave. As a “warning” of the impending battle, the boss ship flies overhead, momentarily blocking out the screen. I didn’t find this to hinder my ability to fight off ships, and really appreciated this approach to boss battles.

If you’re a fan of this genre, Earth Is Gone provides a challenging yet repetitive title to add to your collection. It follows along an established equation to provide just enough fun to stay plausible, but fails to really revolutionize the genre in any specific way. You can check it out for $1.99 in the app store now.

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