Posts Tagged outer space

Pyramus Review

Pyramus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As a real time strategy game, Pyramus has a lot going for it. Except a few key fundamentals.

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Space Agency Review

Space Agency Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This unassuming little space program sim has all the right stuff.

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Galcon Fusion Review

Galcon Fusion Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's like playing Chess, only everyone goes at the same time and the price for losing is being wiped out of existence.

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Spaceteam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Spaceteam is both a nerd fantasy made reality and utter chaos in digital form. It's also a ridiculous amount of wacky fun.

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Space Disorder Review

Space Disorder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Things get a little dodgy when taking to the skies, but overall Space Disorder is an entertaining little collect-a-thon.

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Blue Libra 2 Review

Blue Libra 2 Review

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Blue Libra 2 adds a bit more depth to a fairly simple genre, but is that enough to keep fans coming back for more?

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Galaxy on Fire 2 – Supernova Review

Galaxy on Fire 2 – Supernova Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Supernova may very well be Keith T. Maxwell's most dangerous adventure to date, but it might also be his most frustrating.

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Irrupt Review

Irrupt Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Irrupt is simple to learn and there isn't much to master, but it's also super-difficult and plenty of mindless fun.

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The Backstory
Sentenced to an eternity in suspended animation for a heinous crime he may or may not have committed, the man known as “Dangerous” is woken up a century later and unceremoniously tossed back into the fray. Actions performed and choices made will help determine the war criminal’s ultimate fate. Where he goes and who he becomes is largely up to the player, but savior or super-villain, there’s bound to be lots and lots of shooting and exploration.

The Gameplay
Dangerous features a massive universe to explore with plenty of star systems – each with their own denizens, commodities, resident dangers, and missions spanning through each of them. Navigation and combat can be handled via manual tilt/virtual stick controls, but things are at their best when using the contextual button commands. Orders can be issued with a tap or two, and most variables (i.e. distance to target) can be adjusted using a simple slider. Experience can be used to purchase and upgrade a variety of useful skills, and any spoils can be re-appropriated or sold in order to purchase better ships, gear, or modifications.

How does it Compare?
While Dangerous may have its roots firmly planted in the space adventure sims of old, the rest of it is very much reaching for the now. The steady pacing, wealth of customizations by way of skills and equipment, huge environment to explore, and especially the almost hands-free approach to performing actions are very reminiscent of the “cult hit” MMO juggernaut EVE Online. In fact, the only things missing – aside from the super-pretty textures – are the other human players and the wacky economy. For all intents and purposes, Dangerous is indeed a single-player EVE Online, and personally I’m inclined to believe that’s a very good thing.

Dangerous did go through some growing pains. The interface, while still not all that pretty, was a horrific mess after the initial release and most of the menus were nearly impossible to read on an iPhone due to size and formatting issues. However, all of the major gripes that have had a noticeable effect on the gameplay have since been addressed. Now Dangerous is every bit the giant space sim it was meant to be, and every bit a Console-Quality iOS Game.

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-21 :: Category: Games

Gnu Revenge Review

Gnu Revenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With Angry Birds Space breaking records is there room for another space-physics puzzler?

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Mission Sirius Review

Mission Sirius Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Calling it a first-person shooter is a little unrealistic, but Mission Sirius is good at what it does.

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Distant Star Review

Distant Star Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In the mood for some science fiction-y strategizing? Then enjoy this bite-sized helping of galactic empire management.

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Dangerous Review

Dangerous Review

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Dangerous is without a doubt (no, seriously) the most robust space adventure available for iOS right now. There's just ooonnnnneeeeee little problem...

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Okay, I’m obviously kidding but the inclusion of Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum wouldn’t be all that out of place in Escape to Earth. Someone’s been captured by aliens, then somehow miraculously manages to escape their captors and hijack a ship. The only problem is they have to get out of the mothership before they can taste real freedom. Or smoke those cigars. Last Independence Day reference, I promise.

So players will find themselves in control of yet another space-faring vessel, however things aren’t as derivative as they might initially seem. It’s true that they’ll have to blast away at many an aggressive extra-terrestrial along the way, but Escape to Earth is about more than just blowing stuff up. In addition to the other-worldly armaments (i.e. a laser and missiles), players also have access to a tractor beam and “repulser” which are needed to solve a number of physics-based environmental puzzles. So if they ever want to see Earth again, they’ll have to use both their brain and their trigger fingers.

Those interested in fighting (and puzzling) their way through this interstellar labyrinth can do so right now. Escape to Earth is already on the App Store, and it can be had for the low/standard price of one dollar.



$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-10-27 :: Category: Games

Galaxy Pirate Adventure Review

Galaxy Pirate Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Galaxy Pirate Adventure looks great and offers up a decent space sim for genre fans, but it feels a bit barren.

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Space Samurai Abound in Battlefortress

“Is your space-jiutsu up to the challenge?”

A very good question. I suppose it would have to be in order to face-off against the evil Shogun Youhatsu and avenge my master. Problem is, the crafty son-of-a-gun has positioned an entire armada of battle fortresses along the way. On the one hand it means a lot of work in order to reach the badguy. On the other, it means a string of boss battles. And who doesn’t love a good boss battle?

Battlefortress uses an interesting arcade-inspired freemium model, allowing users to purchase Continues with real money. Of course, they can also be earned in-game through achievements and high scores. So skilled space samurai fighter pilots can take down the nasty Shogun without paying a cent, whereas anyone lacking reflexes (but not the drive to win) can even the scales with cash. Yup, sounds about right.

Battlefortress is out now and it’s free. What’s the harm in giving it a look-see?


$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-09-22 :: Category: Games

Chromanoids Review

Chromanoids Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The Chromanoid scourge is headed to Earth. Humanity needs a savior. Pilots without a basic understanding of primary and secondary colors need not apply.

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Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space Review for iPad

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space Review for iPad

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Explore the galaxy in this iPad conversion of a retro PC game.

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iDodge: Space Ninja

iDodge: Space Ninja

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
An accelerometer based space game that takes the shooting out of shooter and still delivers solid, difficult, and amazingly fun arcade action. An example for how to get the controls just right in a game.

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