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Helion Review

By Damian Chiappara, on August 11, 2009


Rating

PROS

  • Great looking 3D visuals.
  • The soundtrack is very well done.
  • A decent amount of levels to keep players interested.

CONS

  • The control scheme is awkward and uncomfortable.
  • Players with larger fingers won’t be able to see what they’re shooting at or what they’re dodging.
  • No online leaderboard options.

VERDICT

Unless you really, really love side scrolling space shooters, then find yourself a game that handles better. This game is not worth the current price.


  • Full Review

Helion is an action game where players take control of a supernova like spaceship and it’s up to you to defeat the oncoming enemy attacks. As you play through, you will encounter different enemies each with their own strengths and weaknesses and a number of power-ups to increase your destructive firepower.

You control your ship by dragging it around the screen using your finger, and you fire your weapon by dragging another other finger in the direction you wish to shoot. This sounds simple enough, but it’s a really awkward control scheme. As you cannot shoot unless you have a finger on the ship, it means you will have to constantly try to juggle fingers and end up blocking your own view of oncoming enemies.

The visuals look great and there is a huge amount of 3D detail in the backgrounds as well as the ships themselves. The sound is also very well done, and immerses the player deep into outer space. The game features a single player mode only, with no online leaderboard options.

Helion is a decent enough game, but the controls are almost unusable. It’s strange to see so much effort put into the game’s sound and visuals, but not much thought into the uncomfortable controls. If you are a fan of side scrolling shooters, you may be able to forgive this issue, but it’s worthwhile giving the lite version a look at first.


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