Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S
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If anyone were to find themselves rocketing through space in an escape pod, they could theoretically float through space for thousands of years in the black emptiness without every getting close to any celestial body. Fortunately, games are very different and space is filled with fun things to orbit and avoid. Spaced Away is a fun space navigation game where players have to help an escape pod from a destroyed mining vessel find it's way home.
To get home, players have to navigate through and around various obstacles like planets, asteroids, and space dust. The problem with escape pods is that their fuel and oxygen reserves aren't very large, so they can't go very long without a refill. Luckily there are refueling stations scattered all over and the player can move from station to station to refill their reserves and stay alive. The goal of each level is to move the escape pod to the fueling station for a refill before it's fuel or oxygen tanks run dry. This is done by moving the pod from one orbit to another, from asteroids to planets and so on in little hops until it is in reach of the fueling station.
The physics in this game are simple but is complex enough to be used strategically, even if they aren't what an astrophysicist would call perfectly sound. For example, players can use their orbit of one object to increase their velocity and make it farther on less fuel. Other features like wormholes and moving objects serve to increase the difficulty of puzzling out the best path in each level.
The visuals are passable and not by any means ugly. They are fairly standard with some nice flourishes here and there. The gameplay is spot on and the controls are simple enough that mastering the more complex nuances of the physics won't take long. While it might not be the most groundbreaking iOS title, its a fun one for sure.