Gyro13 – Steam Copter Arcade HD review (iOS / Universal)

September 27, 2011

“Going underground, I’m going underground”

10 word description: Underground helicopter/physics rescue missions. Beat time limits. Unreal engine.

Different 'copter skins are unlocked by rescuing specific numbers of miners throughout the game

10 word review: Gorgeous looking, difficult, often quite frustrating, but overall fun game.

The only option for altering the controls is to switch the sides where the thrust and tilt buttons are displayed

You will like this if you enjoy: Choplifter, games with high quality 3D graphics, tricky vehicle-based games, time limits.

Some miners wait on platforms like this to be rescued, others require a bit of overhead hovering

The good news: The graphics, of course, are very good – backgrounds, objects and lighting are all top quality. The gameplay itself, a kind of underground Choplifter, is hard but satisfying to beat. The player’s ship feels real, due to the solid graphics and polished animations. Details, such as the stranded miners with their little rescue flares, add to the atmosphere.

Here, we're flying upwards through a series of gates that open when approached

The bad news: Controls are quite tricky and need to be learned a LOT before even the earliest levels can be conquered. The ship loses health incredibly quickly when colliding with the environment. I dislike time limits, particularly when combined with tricky controls, trickier level design and a fragile vehicle. Others will love the challenge presented by this combination, I’m just pointing it out for people who prefer their gaming to be on the more casual side.

With time limits this tight, failure is always an option

Arcadelife verdict: Here’s another game that, like Infinity Blade, shows just what the iOS devices are capable of when it comes to graphics. This isn’t just a graphics demo, though; it’s a well conceived game, polished and very tough. The controls are hard to master but, in a way, this adds to the gameplay and the satisfaction of rescuing all the miners in a fast time.

Weird, anomalous underground glowing gas clouds must die!

Arcadelife rating: 87/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Gyro13 website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
iPad (OS 4.3.5)

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