Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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Every good thing on Earth is in danger of being turned into an evil version of itself. A band of baddies has developed the Evil Soul Ray Gun and is using it to wreak havoc among the human's of earth. The only thing that stands between humanity and the ultimate evil-ization of Earth is a sassy cowboy and his tiny rocket.
It's not pure coincidence that this sounds suspiciously like the plot of an old sci-fi B-movie. Ranger Rocket is essentially a B-movie in iOS game form, and that's not a bad thing. B-movies are great because they revel in wacky plots and ridiculously over-the-top production. This game has wackiness in spades and with enemies like evil hamburgers, ninjas that spawn and then slice zombies, evil fanged guitars, and huge UFOs, there is no lack of ridiculously over-the-top fun.
At first, it's not very easy to figure out how this game plays, or what the goal is. This does eventually become apparent though after tapping and swiping the screen a bit. Each level starts with one or several enemies floating randomly, all over the screen. A rocket also flies automatically around a line surrounding the level on the outermost edge of the screen. By swiping their fingers in different directions, the player can control the rocket by making it turn at right angles and travel up, down, left, or right. When the rocket leaves it's initial line it trails a new red line behind it. Once connected to another part of the line, this red line will create a block that closes in the playing field and restricts the movement of the enemies. The innermost lines then become the new path that the rocket follows automatically around the level. If the rocket or the line is touched by an enemy or one of their attacks before it can be completed the line and rocket will be destroyed. Enemies are destroyed and each level is completed by making enough lines to close in a certain percentage of the field.
Once players manage to get used to the controls and the gameplay, they will have fun dodging around crazy enemies, trapping them in and destroying them. There are three groups of levels that increase in difficulty, and there is also a multiplayer mode where players try to trap each other while sending enemies in each other's direction. Ranger Rocket is a campy game with some rough edges, but it's good fun.