Developer: Codi Games
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Infinity Space is an oddly relaxing experience for a game so full of asteroids, fireballs and black holes. The idea is a twist on the Endless Runner in that players navigate their spaceship around the universe, for as long as they can survive. There are no weapons, it’s jut down to the player’s ability to steer safely. It’s a simple format but one that’s quite fun.

Unlike an Endless Runner, players are free to move around in whatever direction they want, offering a nice amount of free will. The Universe isn’t the safest of places with asteroid fields and fireballs providing the main opposition, but the controls are tight, giving players the best chance of survival. The left thumb controls direction while the right thumb initiates a shield or speed boost, providing the player owns the relevant upgrade. That’s all there is to it, ensuring that the focus is on exploration.

A series of missions are available, adding some focus to the aims behind Infinity Space. These come under three categories: one involves discovering a new planet, one involves travelling a set distance while the final category is connected to collecting gems which can be used to purchase upgrades. All the missions, once completed, offer the player additional currency for items. Understandably, each of these missions gets harder as the player works their way through them, but the bonuses correlate with the level of difficulty. The sense of excitement once reaching a new and distant planet is consistently pretty sweet.

The upgrades available are pretty predictable, such as a speed boost, turbo move, shield, and increased mobility. Each makes a noticeable difference, too, so it’s enjoyable to feel that progress has been made. Players can skip ahead with some in-app purchases but they’re unobtrusive and far from necessary, as it’s more fun to pursue such upgrades the traditional way.

With such a simple concept, Infinity Space does risk turning stale after a time, especially once the missions have been cleared, but its relaxed nature means it’s an easy title to drop back in on for short doses. I’m hopeful that future updates might mix things up a little.

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