Developer: Gelato 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: ★★★½☆

Rocket Warrior is a vertically scrolling arcade game that requires players to navigate through levels carefully, avoid traps, and shoot enemies. Players definitely need to multitask to survive the challenging levels and obstacles.

Although Rocket Warrior is very similar to other games available in the app store, it stands out for its level design and its multitude of obstacles. The level design is probably the best part of Rocket Warrior, which get challenging and fun very quickly. Even the earlier levels contain a lot of traps and enemies. I was never bored while playing this game because there’s always something to be on guard about, either obstacles, enemies, or just not crashing into a rock.

The levels contain numerous different traps and enemies. There are flying enemies that shoot at players, pathways blocked with latches, walls that have to be blasted through, and jets of air that push players off course. The levels aren’t randomly generated, so they can be practiced and attempted as many times as needed. Many levels also have speed boosts that can be used to break through rocks.

The controls are for Rocket Warrior are very intuitive, but I found them to be a little hard to get fully accustomed to. All movement is done by tilting the device and tapping the screen is used for shooting. Players only have a fixed amount of ammo, so being trigger-happy isn’t a good idea. I found the tilt controls to be adequate but at times I wished for a virtual joystick. This was especially the case in levels that had very tight pathways and enemies on the walls. Rocket Warrior is definitely not a game to play during a bumpy car ride.

Golden coins are strewn throughout the levels and act as Rocket Warrior’s in game currency. Collecting them is important since they can be spent for upgrades like armor, better rocket types, force fields, and other goodies. Each level also has three stars that can be collected and which are challenging to get.

There are three chapters (level packs) and each has a different theme. In total there are 48 levels, which is plenty for the price. The soundtrack is really upbeat and invigorating, and the graphics are really top notch. They remind me of Super Nintendo art but appear more vibrant and colorful, and not blocky. There are of course game center achievements and leaderboards.

Rocket Warrior is a fun game that is very similar game play to other games, but stands out for the content it includes. The controls take a little while to get used to, but the levels and many obstacles keep it interesting.

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