Developer: Third Party Ninjas
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

In some myths, the Greek hero Perseus is revered as the original rider and tamer of Pegasus, the winged horse. Astride his steed, Perseus took on villains and horrific monsters. It’s fitting, then, that Final Flight of the Perseus is a mobile arcade game that pits players against wave after wave of a hideous alien threat.

“Perseus” is the name of the armed spaceship players command in this endless shooter. Aliens are crowding humanity’s corner of the galaxy, and only the Perseus stands between us and total annihilation. However, there is no way to “win” Final Flight of the Perseus. The aliens will keep on coming, no matter what. This final assault is more of a “Do not go gentle into that good night” sort of thing.

In other words, the only goal in Final Flight of the Perseus is to stay alive for as long as possible. The Perseus fires automatically, and players can move the ship anywhere on the screen using their finger. The enemies’ movements, as well as their rate of fire, become quicker and more vicious as the player completes wave after wave.

perseus_03perseus_01Completing a wave earns cash, which goes back into upgrading the Perseus’ rate of fire, laser strength, and armor. “Armor” essentially indicates how many hits the ship can take – the more armor it has, the more punishment it can endure. Players can re-apply lost armor between waves, but the upgrade becomes more expensive each time it’s done. Sooner or later, the expense of keeping the Perseus in fighting condition outstrips the amount of money earned between stages. It’s all a matter of hanging on as long as possible. Once the Perseus gives up the ghost, the player goes back to the first wave with a stripped-down ship.

Final Flight of the Perseus is an arcade-style game that’s ultimately shallow, but feels kind of good to play because of its fruitful upgrade system. It does have one striking flaw, and that’s the dark color of its ship sprites. The brown-and-grey enemies tend to blend in with the background (hey, it’s space – there’s a lot of black!), which can make it difficult to see foes.

Nevertheless, Final Flight of the Pegasus makes it feel pretty good to shoot things, so go forth and strike down some alien scum in the name of humanity’s last stand.

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