Developer: Empty Flask Games
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Starship Battles is an arcade game with simple gameplay and a great look. The goal is to survive an endless onslaught of enemy starships and space debris as long as possible.

Players control a starship and can fire a normal weapon that looks like a laser or a torpedo that does a lot more damage. The main downside to the torpedo is that it’s slower and uses more energy. All weapons deplete the energy supply, which regenerates automatically. Using a lot of torpedoes just means more time for the energy to regenerate and potentially a period of time when the ship won’t fire. For those moments when there are too many enemies at once, there is a nuke button in the bottom left of the screen that destroys everything in view.
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I really like the wide array of different enemy ships in Starship Battles. They range in size from very small to very large. They also have different attributes, like some are fast and nimble, and others carry and launch other ships.

The in-game currency that players collect is called trinium and it is earned by harvesting minerals by tapping them as they float in space. The game has 3 difficultly modes, but essentially one infinitely long level. Players can explore the level with gestures and try to find more trinium and spend it in the in-game store.

The graphics in Starship Battles are gorgeous. They are bright, vibrant, and 3D.
One slight complaint that I have is that the tutorial has a lot of small text on the screen at one time and was hard to take in all at once. I would have preferred if it covered one thing at a time. I reviewed Starship Battles on my iPhone 5, so it’s probably easier to read on an iPad.

The core gameplay of Starship Battles is what I expected and was fun for a good period of time. It’s not the type of game that I would probably spend hours at a time playing, but for killing 30 minutes, it does the trick.

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