Version Reviewed: 1.0.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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At first Gemini Strike doesn’t look like much, lacking the presentational flair of other games. Soon enough though, you’ll realize that this is a pretty fun title that’s ideal for the mobile format.
It’s a mixture of a vertical shoot-em-up and Borderlands, essentially. Each level you fire at mostly anything that moves, taking out everything in your wake before moving on to the next stage. By doing so, you often gain loot that can then be equipped to your ship, making it all the better. That equipment can be upgraded too, giving some reason to grinding out previously completed stages.
Any Borderlands or Diablo player will tell you that such looting tactics are incredibly addictive. Gemini Strike isn’t quite as addictive as that but it does a fair job of it. Its understated presentation means the fanfare for gaining new items isn’t quite as dramatic as one would like, but you’ll still do it.
There’s also the fun of joining together with other players for general profit and gain, with players able to recruit your help while you’re offline. A steady stream of secret missions and bosses further add to reasons to play.
As a freemium game, Gemini Strike is reasonably generous when it comes to purchases. You can get by on earning things rather than paying up, and the only noticeable issue is an energy system that sometimes slows you down on a tough mission. Otherwise, it’s not bad going at all.
There is a problem though. Gemini Strike’s controls don’t work quite as well as you’d like them to. You hold a finger to the screen and move around but that means that your view is sometimes obscured, affecting your chances of not getting hit. That’s unfortunate, as elsewhere it rarely stumbles.
Gemini Strike's short level structure means you can easily achieve something in a brief space of time, proving ideal for when you’re out and about but want a gaming fix.