♫ “Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone”
10 word description: “Playfield claiming” (Qix) game; power-ups, many different enemies, Game Center.
10 word review: Decent version of Qix; enemy variety, power-ups, backgrounds and bosses.
You will like this if you enjoy: Qix (playfield claiming) type games. Look it up if you have never heard of it.
The good news: The basic concept is well proven and this version is polished, fun and has plenty of variety to offer. Difficulty level is pitched about right, with plenty of lives to use up on harder levels. The inclusion of large bosses and cool power-ups such as the laser cannon are very nice touches.
The bad news: Aside from the fact that it’s a 30 year old game concept, which is hardly a negative point anyway, there’s nothing particularly wrong with this game, at least nothing that I’ve noticed. What it lacks in innovation it tends to make up for with a kind of retro/classic charm and some genuinely amusing cartoon cut-screens and one-liners from the hero.
Arcadelife verdict: This is a pretty good game, probably lacking the hype and fanfare for huge commercial success but also highly unlikely to disappoint anyone who buys it on a whim, or after reading this review. It’s also very refreshing to play an iOS game from a genre that hasn’t been flogged to death.
Arcadelife rating: 80/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
Chillingo – Ranger Rocket website link