Friday, August 21, 2009

Inkvaders Review

The martians are coming closer.... You take out your laser gun, and haphazardly shoot it everywhere, electrocuting everything in your path. You walk through the burnt remains, and get one step closer to saving the entire Earth.
Inkvaders, $.99, by Chillingo, is a side-scrolling survival shooter, where you control "Generic Marine," "G" for short, a character drawn by a bored child, trying to protect the Earth against invading aliens. To control "G," you use arrows on the bottom left of the screen, and a fire and jetpack button on the bottom right. You use three different types of weapons, and can upgrade them and buy new ammo. You can buy these upgrades, and health packs, from vending machines which you pass on your journey. There are 3 different environments, progressing in groups of about 10 levels. Collect floating space rocks to earn cash. It has three difficulty levels, and two modes, normal, where you progress through the levels, and endurance, where you try to beat as many aliens as you can, without dying.
The graphics in the game look hand-drawn, and move very smoothly. They set the feel for the game, and really make it seem like you are in a notepad. The controls are spot-on. They couldn't work better. They are completely accurate, and perfect for alien-blasting fun.
The one main thing Inkvaders is lacking, is something I complain about with many games. There is no support for other screen orientations. If you're an iPod Touch user, and use headphones, the headphone plug will jut into your hand while playing.

Great Graphics
Spot-On Controls
Really Fun

No iPod Touch Orientation Option
Takes Slightly Too Long to Get To A New Environment

Bottom Line:
If you liked Zombieville USA for iPhone, get Inkvaders. If you like violence in any form, or any shooting games, Inkvaders is also for you.

Graphics: 5/5
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Controls: 4.5/5
Replay Value: 4.5/5

Overall: 9.25/10 (not an average)


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