Retro Dust / Retro Dust HD review (iPod/iPhone/iPad)

September 29, 2011

“And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust”

10 word description: Navigate and blast your way through Meteor fields. Several modes.

The IAPs and adverts for other games are possibly a bit in-your-face, but it really isn't a problem

10 word review: Super-polished Asteroids remake rocks! Entertaining inclusion of Space Invaders.

Here's a screen from the HD/iPad version. The Invaders only appear in one mode

You will like this if you enjoy: Asteroids. Jazzed up retro games. Asteroids simultaneously featuring Space Invaders.

The slightly more traditional Asteroids game (i.e. minus the Space Invaders). This is one of 4 possible control configurations

The good news: Plenty of control options. Great graphics and sounds. Plenty of game modes, even without IAP unlocks. Great gameplay – Asteroids fans will love it.

Of the four ships, two are initially available with two others as part of the IAP bundle

The bad news: It would be an easy option (for me) to complain about the IAP add-on, but there isn’t really an issue with it. There’s plenty of content in the default package and the IAP upgrades feel far more like something to get if you really like the game, rather than something you need in order to enjoy the game.

For once, a time limit that I actually like in a game!

Arcadelife verdict: It’s almost an Asteroids overload recently with this game and Space Junk being released close together, both delivering the same kind of flashy retro rock-blasting experience. In a straight comparison, Dust lacks the visual gags of Junk’s varied enemy objects, but makes up for this with additional modes, a choice of ships and the bizarre yet rather wonderful inclusion of Space Invader waves in one of the modes.

The saucers shoot at you if you give them a chance, and they're quite accurate

Asteroids addicts probably need both this game and Space Junk. If I had to choose one over the other … I don’t think I could.

Unsurprisingly, the combination of Asteroids and Space Invaders on the screen simultaneously is quite challenging

Arcadelife rating: 94/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0

iTunes link iPod / iPhone version
iTunes link HD – iPad version

Silverline Arts 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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