80s Arcade Hit Galaga Comes to Mobile

80s Arcade Hit Galaga Comes to Mobile

Nov 3, 2016

Galaga Wars, a mobile refresh of the arcade hit Galaga from yesteryear, is back — on Android.

This one definitely looks like a pleasant blast from the bast; the story arc is mostly unchanged: one ship looking to avoid extinction, taking on waves and waves of endless enemy fighters.

There are several powerups to exploit, and bosses to conquer.

It plays in landscape, and at first glance, easily envokes an arcade feel with its color patterns. The features (per Google Play excerpt):

● The authentic retro, sci-fi experience returns for Galaga’s 35th Anniversary
● Weave through endless waves of original enemies, including the Bee, Butterfly, Scorpion and a many more.
● Evade the treacherous tractor beam of Mother Galaga in battle against the huge alien boss!
● Play as Galaga fighter, as well as other legendary Namco starshipsincluding Xevious, Galaxian, Star Blade and many more.
● Double your firepower by rescuing captured friends ships and merging into twin mode
● Enhance your space-faring abilities by upgrading and levelling up your craft.
● Blast through alien waves with 4 unique abilities per ship including laser, explosive shot, space mines, ghost shield and more.

Galaga Wars is presented by Bandai Namco; it is free with micro-transactions. Check out the launch trailer:

Photon Strike: Galaxy Shooter Review

Photon Strike: Galaxy Shooter Review

Jul 2, 2016

Feenin’ for a space shooter? Check out Photon Strike, and one might get that particular itch scratched.

This one packs in a vibrant color presentation, with simulated depth, smooth animations and vivid objects. It looks good, and mostly manages to sneak in a bit of the whimsical while retaining an overall serious feel. The developer is able to recreate the look of an old school arcade space shower, and that is something that should appeal to folks who love that genre.psgs3

It plays in portrait, taking the players protagonist spacecraft from the bottom to the top of the moving screen.

Moving on into the gameplay, the action is as intuitive as it gets; it starts with the aforementioned players spacecraft, and it is controlled by longpressing and gesture swiping, such that as long as the player hold down the plane and screen, the player has control of the craft.

Now, coming in from the opposite direction — the top of the screen — are enemy spacecraft. The gameplay is leveled and the ships approach in waves, and have interesting flight patterns. Of course, these ships have one goal in mind: to stop the player’s ship from making it forward. Thankfully, the protagonist ship shoots continually, do there is that initial form of, well, offensive defense. One can also look to avoid crashing into the enemy spacecraft. 

As noted, the action comes in levels; one needs to beat the one to move on. Of course, the enemy gets craftier as one goes further, and have better weapons. One also has to be on the lookout for space debris.

Doing well yields payouts, and game cash can be used to get better ships and to upgrade attributes.

It comes together quite well, with a host of familiar elements and fan-friendly aspects… easy to like and get into.

Voxel Invaders Review

Voxel Invaders Review

Jul 31, 2013

When it comes to arcade icons like Space Invaders, using hushed tones is very appropriate. That game was one of the granddaddies, and is still a favorite across generations. Voxel Invaders brings that exact type of fun to the Android screen.

The retro feel is underscored by the graphics. The 2D environment is presented in old-school format, with purposefully simplistic backgrounds and hues meant to emphasize visual color separation. The animations are relatively smooth within the design confines of the gameplay.

But yes… it’s quite okay to think of a specific arcade shooter of yester-years. Voxel Invaders has the same type of wave offense gameplay. Attack is the best form of defense; the lone ship starts out at the bottom of the screen, and waves of enemy ships appear directly in front, at the top. The main goal is to stay alive by clearing the voxel1enemy ships and avoiding return fire.

The ship itself shoots on its own, so dragging the ship with a finger gets it in position to be in front of an enemy ship. It also helps maneuver it out of the way of moving fire coming right at it. To begin, the waves were simple formations and the return fire is fairly slow and intermittent. As the game progresses, and waves are successfully cleared, the gameplay gets craftier, sending out sneakier gunfire, tougher enemy ships and more agressive formations. Enemy ships start coming forward faster, and shooting in multiple directions.

Thankfully, there are upgrades and powerups that somewhat help level the playing field. These usually appeared at tough spots, requiring a bit of danger to procure. There’s stuff like extra lives, invincibility, weapons upgrades and more

The game has three difficulty levels (Easy, Normal and Hard), so different abilities are covered.

All in all, it’s a superb time waster that celebrates the power of longevity.