Sep 22, 2015
Arcade shoot-em ups are almost always worth a gander, and in V8ORS – Flying Rat, we seemingly have an opportunity to avail ourselves of our game-related addiction.
It plays fairly easily, in portrait, with the player’s plane in the foreground. As to be expected in an arcade game of this type, the controls are intuitive, with one’s finger being the main tool of navigation; one places a finger close to the plane and controls it by dragging one’s finger across the screen; the phone follows the moving finger.
The main idea is to keep flying. Easier said than done, especially when one considers the waves of enemy fliers flying into one’s area. These ships continually shoot, much like the protagonist plane, but interestingly, the projectiles emitted adjust to where the player’s ship is, so one has to be extra adept with the finger to move around quickly enough to inflict damage and avoid getting hit. Also, one aspect of the gameplay is that even a shot plan can keep firing right up until it’s destroyed, meaning the player must keep an eye on incoming missiles from everywhere.
There is very little room for error early on; in terms of sustaining damage, it’s one and done. This makes the game a bit of a challenge, in that there really isn’t room for much deviation from the main script, but on the flip side, it makes for some very straightforward gameplay. As one goes on and is able to live longer, the gameplay becomes a living maze of planes and projectiles in irregular waves. Power-ups kick in at a particular point threshold, (one of which is the ability to sustain two hits before dying) and one can earn continues by watching videos.
In the end, it’s mainly about beating the high score. Wash rinse repeat. The game has a pronounced social aspect, Facebook connection is highly encouraged.
Fun game, and worth a look.