Price: FREE (with in app purchases available)
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Gunner Galaxies is an intriguing concept. It's a fast paced shoot em up but it also has some great social elements and a few other bits and pieces to keep it feeling fresh and fun.
It's a free download but one that's supplemented by in app purchases. These purchases aren't essential though, they just speed things along. It's a good way of doing things as you can still have a very enjoyable shoot em up for free if you feel like it or you can contribute a small sum and unlock things faster.
With 25 missions in all across 4 different galaxies (levels to you and me), there's a fair chunk to do here once you unlock it all through an in app game purchase or by gradually acruing more credits through various means. There's even more to do when you throw in the huge wealth of upgrades that you can install to your ship. Gunner Galaxies loves to reward you frequently whether it's with temporary powerups such as rapid fire or power shot or with achievements and extra crystals which can then be used to buy permanent upgrades. It's immensely satisfying as it feels like you're rewarded after each wave of attack. There's over 140 achievements in all so it'll take a long while to get the lot, plus as you progress, so does your ranking. Ranking follows the theme of naval promotions such as ensign and so forth.
Besides the progression system, Gunner Galaxies is simply excellent fun. It's easy to control with your left hand controlling direction and your right hand controlling firing. Each attack wave doesn't take long to play through, making it ideal to drop into for quick sessions. It's frantic but never unfairly so. The upgrade system in particular really helps you if you plan purchases carefully. You can also form squadrons with friends to earn more crystals to use to buy things. It's a great touch but one that, like the in app purchases, you're not forced to resort to but you can if you choose to. In saying that, do feel free to join my squadron Halycopter (YF8G) as the more the merrier!
Gunner Galaxies is a great little title simply put. Simple to get into yet very satisfying to play. The addition of in app purchases is there if you so feel like it (and considering the game is free anyhow, it's worth doing) but you don't have to. You can still have fun without or you can download other apps that reward you with extra galactic credits. Give it a whirl, you won't be disappointed.
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