Ranger Rocket review (iPod/iPhone)

July 31, 2011

“Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone”

10 word description: “Playfield claiming” (Qix) game; power-ups, many different enemies, Game Center.

It's not a sports game, honest

10 word review: Decent version of Qix; enemy variety, power-ups, backgrounds and bosses.

You have to shrink this boss down by using the laser power-ups (in the corners) before you're going to be able to box him in

You will like this if you enjoy: Qix (playfield claiming) type games. Look it up if you have never heard of it.

Eat laser death, alien scum, etc.

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.

No idea, mate

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.

Every enemy type you can think of has (probably) been included

Arcadelife rating: 80/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Chillingo – Ranger Rocket website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.4)

One comment

  1. I love QIX and boy I liked this game!
    There is a multiplayer option which I’m dying to check out with my friend! I think I never saw an online multiplayer in a Qix title before??

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