Interstellar Force review (iPod/iPhone)

March 11, 2011

“Shoot it up… Shoot it up… Blaster bomb bomb bomb ahead”

The game title scrolls - so no, I can't get a screenshot with the whole game title in it!

10 word description: Side-scrolling retro space shooter. 8 levels, multiple upgrades and enemies.

Level 2 - The Red Planet. Particle style explosions look consistently great.

10 word review: Smooth, groovy looking homage to the side-scrolling classics. Nice!

Warning! You are entering a really cool looking asteroid field

You will like this if you enjoy: Retro shooters such as Defender, Scramble, Parsec, R-Type.

Luckily, the cavern roof is for display purposes only - the stalactites won't hurt you.

The good news: Fabulous graphics, solid gameplay, thoroughly enjoyable right to the end.

The bad news: For some, the end may come slightly too soon – the game may prove to be relatively easy for hardened arcade shooter fans.

The way this level starts is excellent ... I won't spoil it for you!

Here's a quick glimpse of that 8-bit level in all its retro glory.

Arcadelife verdict: This is a fun, playable, entertaining retro-styled shooter that sticks to a proven formula and doesn’t introduce any pointless gimmicks. Graphically it is really impressive; ships and projectiles are sharp and clear, explosions are great big particle blasts that fill large portions of the screen. It runs very smoothly on the two devices I used for the review – 3rd and 4th gen iPods. I prefer the joystick control to tilting but I really want a relative touch option [Update 26/04/2011 – Relative touch control has been added in version 1.3 – Yay!]. Luckily for me, this is going to be added in an update that is coming very soon. One slight issue I spotted while trying out the tilt control – the ship flickers slightly when firing in this mode. It doesn’t happen in joystick mode. Overall, this is one I’ll be going back to; I’m looking forward to the first big update that adds new levels and (hopefully) a boss or two! I’ll post some update news when that is available on the app store.

I win! ... For now ...

Arcadelife rating – 82/100

The version of Interstellar Force that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.0

David Molnar Productions website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
3rd gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3)
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3)

One comment

  1. […] this one because it includes the relative touch control method that I asked for in the original Arcadelife review. Since then, I’ve been involved with testing this version of the game and providing feedback […]

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