Jul 29, 2011
In the far future, spaceships will be made from geometric neon shapes that will drift around cornered off sections of the cosmos, causing havoc to any unsuspecting gamer who accidentally stumbles in. This future history lesson is brought to you by Hyperlight, a new tilt controlled Geometry Wars clone for your Android phone.
Hyperlight is a joy to look at, a mix of deep blacks and vibrant neon angles that really make the screen of your phone come alive. That visual stimulus is backed up by some pretty solid gameplay as well, although there are a few niggles to contend with along the way.
As with almost all tilt control titles, the tilting isn’t quite perfect. If you start a game with your device held at one angle, you’re not going to be able to change that base angle until the game’s over. More often than not, that shouldn’t be a problem, but it does mean Hyperlight can’t really be enjoyed in the cramped confines of a train or a bus.
Once you get past the controls, there’s an awful lot of fun to be had with Hyperlight. In some ways, it feels like tilt control is the perfect method for dodging around space, doing your utmost not to get blown into a thousand pretty, sparkly pixels. You move your spaceship around the screen, grabbing power ups and avoiding the angry attentions of the hordes of other enemies floating around the infinite vacuum of space.
Hyperlight is one of those games that manages to blend old school playability with modern good looks and sharp programming. Even the tilt controls, once you’ve got used to them, aren’t as difficult or cumbersome as they are in other titles. If you’re looking for a good, old fashioned space-faring sim with a twist, then you could do a lot worse than downloading Hyperlight.