Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini
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It’s always nice to jump into a space battle while enjoying colorful visuals in the background, and Quantum Legacy HD Turbo makes it happen. Firing guns and raising shields are the two main actions that players control along with tilting the screen to steer the ship left or right. There is an autopilot for those who’d prefer that instead, but this goes to show off the simple gameplay. There’s no enemy spacecraft hunting, here. Even though players control the ship, they basically only manage the guns and shield which makes the game less exciting, after a while.
Timing is crucial, as players only fire weapons when their shields are down, attacking the enemy as much as possible before they have to stop and raise the shields again. This type of back and forth control prevails for most missions until players unlock a shield that lets them fire guns while it’s active, slightly changing things up a bit. Players still need to be wary of overloading the shields, causing them to be inactive for a few seconds, but they can take plenty of damage before they need to worry about the ship.
The only goal to each mission is to clear the vicinity of enemies as there are no objectives outside of clearing those zones. This, unfortunately, quickly grows tiresome. The game is somewhat interesting at first, but it also rapidly wears off. The missions start to feel identical fairly soon and don’t offer enough of a change of pace. The main character’s dialog is different during each mission, but it’s forgettable; the voice acting is awful as he is only spewing nonsense about battle.
Quantum Legacy HD Turbo really lacks any depth beyond pushing the shoot and shield button. The same goes for the different enemy ships that players encounter–they do nothing to raise interest. Each ship is just a shiny new toy that does nothing other than offer the same battle techniques that are seen throughout the entire game. Even the larger ships only take a few extra shots to destroy.
Quantum Legacy HD Turbo is a nice attempt at a 3D space shooter and I do like the shield and weapon mechanics, but if it’s going to keep me or anyone else interested after the first couple of missions, it needs to offer a lot more than repetitive missions and similar enemies.