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In Get Me Outta Here, you play as an old farmer who has been abducted by aliens. Your only hope for survival is to fight them off for long enough to eventually be rescued. As far as 2-D arena shooters go, Get Me Outta Here presents some stylish arcade action that's both challenging and varied.
When I say that Get Me Outta Here is an arena shooter, I mean that the entire game takes place within a single room. Instead of going on some adventure or progressing through various environments, the game asks you to stay alive as long as possible in a room full of enemies that keep spawning and coming after you.
While killing these enemies, you have to make sure you're progressing quite quickly. There's a short cutscene at the beginning of Get Me Outta Here that tells you that help is on the way, but only if you can kill waves of alien life on board in under two-and-a-half minutes. To do this, you'll need to make sure that you efficiently climb up ladders to hard-to-reach enemies and take advantage of the power ups and healing chamber in the room.
Get Me Outta Here's controls are fairly standard for a 2-D shooter. You have a virtual d-pad on the bottom left of the screen that allows you to move and aim up and down, and the right side of the screen gives you the option to either use swipe-based controls or buttons to jump, roll, drop-down, and fire your weapon.
It's a simple control scheme that works well enough, at least at the beginning stages of the game. Further along into Get Me Outta Here, bosses start appearing in addition to regular enemies, and that's where managing the controls can get a little hairy. This can be alleviated thanks to some difficulty tweaks that the game offers, but even when using those, I found myself really wishing Get Me Outta Here had MFi controller support.
Even when fighting the controls though, I found myself really appreciating Get Me Outta Here, primarily for its nice pixel-art style. Everything on screen animates beautifully and the alien and boss designs–while not the most original–look and feel really cool.
Get Me Outta Here has a fun set of weapons that you can experiment with, which ensures that you won't get too bored shooting the same aliens in the same room over and over again. Without paying, you can watch an ad to use any of the game's weapons once, but you can also opt to pay $4.99 to unlock unlimited play with all the weapons.
The bottom line
Get Me Outta Here is a solid 2-D shooter with a great sense of style. While I wish it had an option to opt for a controller, it's still a pretty good time without one. I don't think it will blow anyone away, but it's great fun that's easy enough for you to try out for free if you think it might be for you.