Last Stand Stan review (iPod/iPhone)

February 25, 2011

“Here am I, sitting in a tin can, far above the world”

10 word description: Space shooter; campaign & survival modes; 4 bosses; multiple weapons.  
10 word review: Solid tap-to-shoot game; great graphic style; challenging campaign.

In space, no-one can hear you whimper

You will like this if you enjoy: Making a valiant last stand against waves of alien spaceships!

The good news: Highly playable before the latest update, Stan now feels completely polished. (All screenshots in this review are from latest version – 1.1)
The bad news: The comic-book style back-story sequence needs a page-turn option as well as “skip” which takes you to the main menu. Yes, that’s pretty much all I can find to complain about.  

Although not "universal", Stan looks good at 2x on an iPad.

Arcadelife verdict: Stan rocks! If he was a Pixar character, Bruce Willis would do the voice. The basic game mechanic – tap-to-shoot from your rotating, fixed position ship – is solid and feels familiar, and a strategic depth is added by the limited, slowly replenishing ammo of the upgrade weapons. The circular weapon select menu is a great touch, negating the need for a permanent HUD. Add a host of good-looking alien ships, each with different attack methods, and some exciting boss encounters, and you have a very cool touch-screen shooter. Survival mode is a nice bonus. Game Center high scores for both modes. Achievements are coming in a future update.

Stan rocks out in a purple haze...

Here's the weapons menu on an iPad screen.

iTunes link for Last Stand Stan


Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on an iPod Touch (3rd gen) and iPad, both running OS 4.2.1.

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