Developer: Tarek Mongy
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.00
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Stars Savior is a gravity-based platformer of sorts in which orbiting planets is the name of the game. Players guide a fuzzy-looking, space-traveling protagonist throughout multiple galaxies in an effort to reignite dying suns. The way this is done is my manipulating gravity. Although the game can take quite a bit of practice to learn to play well, Stars Savior is a very solid and accessible gameplay experience.

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Stars Savior is a one-touch game. Touching the screen allows the protagonist to be manipulated by gravitational pulls, while not touching the screen allows the protagonist to fly through space unaffected by planetary pulls. To reach the sun at the center of a given solar system, players must gather momentum by orbiting planets and then releasing themselves from orbit to fly across the screen. Once players reach the gravitational influence of the sun, they will automatically enter the core to reignite it before moving onto the next solar system.

This simple gameplay is difficult to master, and the challenge of Stars Savior‘s gameplay is what makes it appealing. Sure, floating flawlessly between planets looks easy, but expertly reading trajectories and timing orbital release perfectly definitely takes some practice. If players do not make it to the center of a solar system fast enough, the suns die and explode, resulting in a game over. From here, players have to start the game from the very first solar system and work their way back up to where they last died.

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To alleviate some of the frustration that comes out of having to repeat the same levels, Stars Savior also has additional challenges built into the game that can yield upgraded score multipliers. These multipliers can make it easier to achieve high scores, and the challenges themselves can make each subsequent playthrough less tedious. However, the end result is that players are still playing the same levels over and over again, which can wear thin over time.

Overall, Stars Savior is a solid physics platformer that provides a good amount of challenge and controls well. While it doesn’t contain as much of a progression system as I would have liked, it is still a well made game and can provide a fulfilling experience for players.

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