Eufloria HD review (iPad)

February 22, 2012

“We’ve planted a seed
An ever growing wonder to a beautiful tree”

10 word description: Ambient strategy game of space exploration, conquest & bio-mechanical evolution.

10 word review: Stylish, refined RTS; sometimes familiar, but in a good way.

You will like this if you enjoy: Real-time strategy games; Galcon, maybe even Homeworld for the space-themed RTS connection. Moderately trippy games with ambient audio and stylised visuals.

Cleanse the sickness ... even the typeface is very, very serious

The good news: Very clean, stylish graphics that mix minimalist tech visuals with organically evolving entities. Great soundtrack and audio effects. Very good touch interface; responsive and easy to use. Gentle introductory learning curve, customisable speed and difficulty.

There are three speeds (top left). The fastest is useful when you're waiting for seedlings to be produced in large numbers

The bad news: I have to say it – Eufloria is very serious in its presentation and the way it gives feedback to the player. There’s no intentional or even unintentional humour, which may not appeal to some gamers, particularly those looking for 5 minutes of fun every now and then. Also keep in mind that there is no mid-level save facility (you need to play a level to completion to register your progress) and it might not be exactly the game that you’re looking for. However, if you won’t miss a bit of humour and you like spending plenty of time on iPad strategy games, there’s really no reason not to get this.

Those little streams of dots heading to the red circle... that's my invasion force right there

Arcadelife verdict: Eufloria mostly avoids the unrelenting intensity of Galcon’s “must spam overwhelming force as quickly as possible” principle of space conquest, going out of its way to present you with options to play at a fairly leisurely pace, if that’s what you prefer. The game-speed options are useful for reducing lengthy periods of seedling growth and accelerating journeys from fully populated asteroids to distant targets.

They could have called this game Testicle Invaders

I have successfully avoided using the word “immersion” in almost 300 Arcadelife reviews, but it’s genuinely appropriate in this case; despite the clinical visuals and the solemn presentation and storyline it’s an engrossing game, although the fun stems from watching your little dots spread successfully across an expanse of anonymous space, rather than bouncing up and down wearing silly hats and whistling the Benny Hill theme.

I've done well, but there's not even a single firework or smiley face

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 9/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 87/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
iTunes link

Eufloria website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 5.0.1)

One comment

  1. This has to be my favourite ipad game of the year so far. Up to level 24 so far.

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