Developer: Revolutionary Concepts
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
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UFO On Tape firmly roots itself into the "this would only work on an iPhone" genre, and while it only provides short spurts of gameplay, it is one of the more memorable iOS experiences.
Instead of bogging people down with stories and characters, UFO On Tape puts players directly in the fray. In the game, you are a passenger in a car filming a UFO with a digital video camera. Instead of giving you on-screen controls, all you have to do is follow the UFO as you would if you were recording the UFO on your iPhone. If the UFO leaves the screen for a period of time, your girlfriend (who I'm presuming is the driver) will say something like, "Oh, look higher!" or in her poutiest voice, "Don't just sit there, move your camera, come on!" If it leaves the screen for too long, though, it's game over.
An average game of UFO On Tape only lasts for a short period of time (my personal best is a shade under 2 minutes), but the game is all about the experience, not what actually happens. All of the in-game graphics look photo realistic (although the developer claims that there is no pre-recorded video), making the game seem more like a lifelike experience than any other game in the app store.
As much as I enjoyed playing UFO On Tape, I couldn't help but feel that there just wasn't enough. I would love for the UFO to do something other than just fly around. Maybe it could abduct some people or blow up some houses, I don't know. For a dollar though, it's not hard to recommend what may be the most unique app experience out there.