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Blast Zone Mega review (iPod/iPhone)

August 22, 2011

“The sirens make you shiver,
You bet my aim is true”

Deliberately minimalist title screen adds a hint of innocent ambiguity to the carnage to follow, and reminds us of the good old days of the NES

10 word description: Guide falling bombs to destroy city targets for high scores.

You are left in no doubt as to where this game takes place

10 word review: Morally questionable, great fun and very challenging, world-destruction fantasy.

Your bomb is deployed automatically by a mysterious black drone plane, effectively absolving you of all guilt

You will like this if you enjoy: The idea of playing the bad guy in a top down version of missile command. Slim Pickens’ bomb ride from Dr Strangelove. *

In order to destroy all targets, you will need to power up your bomb by successfully passing through a series of red rings

The good news: A great concept that doesn’t follow any particular iOS gaming trend. Nice retro style with some genuinely evil looking bombs. It feels good being bad; there’s immense satisfaction to be had when fully powering up a bomb and hitting the centre of the target zone. The challenge increases considerably as you progress, and holds your interest.

A successful strike results in a perfectly circular firestorm that destroys any target within its radius

The bad news: The game becomes a bit too difficult too soon, although that’s arguably not a bad point. Bombing cities, even anonymous 8-bit cities, might be a bit too grimly realistic for some.

If your falling bomb hits a plane it will explode harmlessly in mid-air. Well, harmlessly apart from the hapless passengers of the plane, of course

Arcadelife verdict: Overall, this is a refreshing variation on the theme of blowing stuff up. The fairly realistic setting, weapons and destruction are fascinating because they highlight why many successful games feature silly looking zombies, cartoon animals and bumbling, flightless birds – most people, particularly casual gamers and normal people, need some kind of light-hearted escape from reality in their games. The rest of us – angry loners harbouring dark world-destruction fantasies – will get a big, disturbing kick from the smouldering blast-radius circles and the fact that we caused them.

The extermination of countless lives is richly rewarded

Arcadelife rating: 80/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Blast Zone Mega website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
* – Just because you don’t know what I’m talking about doesn’t automatically mean that “it sucks”.
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