Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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The comparisons to Super Mario Galaxy are impossible to avoid and in itself is a huge compliment for a game that credits itself as being made by three guys from Finland (and a little help from their friends). Get Outta My Galaxy deserves this though. While the concept has had to be understandably scaled back, the basic core is still there and it makes for a great game. Even more so when you bear in mind it costs a mere $.99 to play.
You play Waka, a fairly wacky looking creature quietly minding his own business in space until the devious Wikus come along and start infringing upon his territory. It's down to you to help Waka slap the Wikus off the planet (literally) and back into space.
The general appearance of Get Outta My Galaxy is pretty impressive. Visuals are attractive and remind you just how much potential the iOS devices have. On my iPhone 4, I didn't see any slowdown and I was pleasantly surprised by the kind of graphics I'd have expected on a home console only a few years ago. While planets do appear pretty simplistic at first, with a very simple learning curve to start, you grow to love it once you hit the second planet or so.
The control scheme however is one that I couldn't entirely get on board with. Using tilt based controls rather than a virtual d-pad, you're able to see more of what's happening on screen, but the controls do feel hyper sensitive. While there are a few options for playing style in order to adjust the tilt mechanism, I didn't really find any of them ideal, which was frustrating.
Controls aside however, Get Outta My Galaxy is a great experience. It might take a little while to get going as it starts out very easy, but once you get into it, it's apparant just how much the world of Waka has to offer. Later levels, involving the likes of switch based puzzles and mazes to navigate, are particularly satisfying.
It's a game that could get away with being more expensive and still be worth playing so at less than a dollar, Get Outta My Galaxy is near unmissable. You won't be sorry.