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Rocket Warrior review (iPhone / iPod)

January 3, 2013

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10 word description: Vertical scrolling action challenges. 48 levels, 3 worlds. Unlocks, Game Center.

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10 word review: Disturbingly addictive with precise, responsive tilt control. Marvellous level design.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Vertically scrolling shooters reimagined as short, challenging star rated levels. Note – it’s not so much a shooter as an action puzzler.

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The good news: Virtually flawless gameplay. Very attractive graphics. Devious and clever level design. Well conceived power-ups via an in-game gold unlock system with no IAPs involved. Very addictive and immensely playable.

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The bad news: Now, the tilt control method works really well and feels completely natural after a few levels. However, the mere existence of tilt controls (as the only option) in a scrolling shooter style game will put some players off. This is a fact, not my opinion. If only the developers would bolt on an option to play with a slider or a virtual stick – even if they don’t personally consider this necessary – they wouldn’t suffer all the lost sales that “tilt only” will incur. Maybe I should just hire myself out as a consultant and charge people a few grand for telling them the same obvious things over and over again.

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Arcadelife verdict: I love this game. Getting 3 stars on every level in world one was very hard, involved a lot of retries on many levels, and was immensely satisfying. I’ll say it again, because I know it’s always hard for some people to believe: the tilt control method is fine in this game. Would it be easier to play with a relative left/right slide control or virtual buttons? I’m not sure. As it stands, this is a great game and a heck of a lot of fun to play. I’m going to mark the controls down a couple of points in the ratings, not because there is anything wrong with them but because I seriously recommend adding alternative options to improve the perception people will have of the game. Take the hint, please!

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 9/10
Controls – 7/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 8/10

VERY GOOD

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Gelato Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.0.1)

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