If you love retro-style intergalactic shoot ‘em up spaceship games then you’re sure to love AstroRaider! This little gem resembles the 1980′s classics Galaga and Space Invaders, but with new creative wrinkles that help bring the game into the 21st century. For starters, unlike it’s old school cousins your spaceship is MUCH more maneuverable. You can zoom your ship in any direction, 360 degrees, to avoid and attack your alien enemies. There are other helpful features like the ability to turn off in game messages, adjust the sound effects and music, switch your controls from right handed to left handed, and three view modes you can choose from during gameplay that allow you to zoom out and see more of a level! The purpose of the game is to successfully complete eight challenging levels by successfully defeating all of the alien queen mother ships. Each time you defeat a queen you open a warp gate that takes you to the next level.
One thing you’ll notice right out the gate is that the gameplay is staggeringly fast! You zip from side to side, up and down, in and out, around and around, all while dodging incoming fire, enemy space ships, clusters of asteroids, energy zapping force fields, and devastating fire from the queen mother ship. Amidst all of this chaos you must manage to fire your canons like an expert, accrue as many points as possible, and avoid taking damage. Each time you take major damage points are subtracted from your score.
Earning points is a critical element to advancing in the game because points earn you special weapons that help give you a leg up on the competition. There are three special weapons in the game. The first special weapon is the EM pulse, which you earn each time you gain 2,000 points. It temporarily paralyzes alien ships so you can pick them off like fish in a barrel. Earning 5,000 points gets you a Super Shield that makes your temporarily immune to asteroids and enemy fire. The final and most significant special weapon is the Nuke, which essentially levels everything in it’s path. In order to make real headway in the game you’ll need to earn big points. You earn points by eliminating enemies and by destroying asteroids. If you destroy every asteroid in a level you earn bonus points. In addition to earning special weapons, you also increase your firepower by completing levels. Your blaster power increases as you advance, eventually reaching blaster power 5 which provides you with “double-shot” capability.
I tell you what, we really like AstroRaider. The gameplay is fast paced, exciting, challenging, and super fun to play. After just a few minutes with the game it was clear that Clever Martian, the app developer, had put a lot of thought into the app’s interface and controls. Every option that you wish many other apps had this one has. It may not be obvious at first, but as you play the game it will become apparent that you’ve got literally every option necessary to make the game as convenient and fun as possible. It’s always nice to see a game that is this fun, this challenging, and this user friendly that only costs $0.99! Go download AstroRaider today!
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