- Fun twist on the Labyrinth gameplay.
- Cute 3D visuals.
- Tilt or touch control options.
- Varied challenges; including 'boss fights'.
- Lackluster tilt controls.
- Visuals can obscure the play-field.
With bite-sized levels, a charming style and familiar gameplay given a slight twist, BeamOut is a fun time-waster for casual and serious gamers to tackle.
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Frustration, thy name is Labyrinth. Though lets not forget that there's a satisfaction in overcoming the difficulties put before us, resulting in a fist pumping cry of joy as you exclaim your victory over developers who think they can defeat the humble 'gamer'. BeamOut by Under Clouds Games takes a different spin on the concept, giving you control over a lost UFO that needs to recharge to make its way home and you'll encounter more than a few difficulties in the process while attempting to chase this goal.
By default players are given the option of manipulating the playing area via tilt controls, however despite calibration options this never really felt accurate enough to perform the dextrous maneuvers required to reach those elusive 'gold' times on each level. A virtual stick makes for a great replacement and after a bit of practice you'll be bouncing off blocks, pigs, walls and various hazardous objects in an attempt to collect everything you can before blasting off.
The challenge is mixed up after the first handful of tutorial-style levels, with dangerous objects (including damage-inflicting animals) starting to appear, along with 'boss' fights with missile-flinging turrets. BeamOut uses a charming visual style that's relatively cutesy, though the top-down angle can be a pain to deal with as objects regularly obscure your view (including obscuring objectives), adding a layer of difficulty that seems unnecessary to an already hard to reach time-goal.
BeamOut is far from perfect, but its blend of gameplay and its charmingly cute style make it an easy game to enjoy to the finish. You may not come back for seconds, but it's still worth the ride.
DescriptionA crew of friendly aliens got attacked while exploring an unknown planet, and they need help getting out with some precious cargo. BeamOut takes the best from block breaker and tilt arcade games and melts them together for a whole new fun experience. Ever wanted to take control of that little ball and finally get the last stubborn remaining block? This is your chance. Control your UFO using smooth and simple tilt action or d-pad control, smash into blocks, and avoid enemies.
★★★ Features ★★★
• 30 levels in 3 beautiful environments.
• Simple tilt action or d-pad controls.
• Lasers, rotating barriers, enemy UFO's, rockets included.
• BIG ending boss.
• Awesome soundtrack.
• HD Retina display graphics.
• Game Center and OpenFeint to record your scores and get achievements.
What's New in Version 1.0.6• Added gameplay difficulty controls
• Bug fixes