Alien Outpost Review
- Simple controls.
- Simple gameplay.
- Limited enemy creativity.
- Some weapons can trivialize levels easily.
It's often hard to find good games in genres that are so plentiful as to be overwhelming simply because they quickly start to develop their own cliques and sub-genres that attract their own specific kind of crowd. Alien Outpost is a great entry level game in the genre that has its own twist without being too obscure. A great first pick.
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Alien Outpost is a new defense game from NewIsland Interactive and their first app for the iphone. They've certainly chosen a hard genre to break in to and the only thing that really separates it from the pack is the method of dispatching enemies, but despite this it still remains a fun game to pick up and blast through.
Now that defense games have really started to branch out, it's hard to define Alien Outpost as being generic, but the controls are fairly standard to those familiar to the genre. Enemies slowly crawl their way from the left towards your fortified base on the right. You can use a tap-select menu to scroll through available weaponry, which is then fired by holding the fire button and aiming using a sliding bar on the far right of the screen. The interface is responsive enough, though the scroll bar becomes too sensitive in the middle area making shots hard to aim in this important zone.
Enemies are rendered in a self proclaimed "whacky and creative" way and are fairly cartoonish, using only 7 enemy types and color palette swaps to indicate harder enemies. The effects are otherwise pretty simple, but stylishly rendered. iTunes is also supported for those looking to slaughter enemies en-mass with your own music blazing.
Alien Outpost isn't a standout amongst the crowd, but it is great as an entry to the genre - though anyone who has mastered more complicated games might not find a lot to enjoy.
DescriptionLike defense games, but sick of "flicking" enemies around a screen with your finger?
If so, then you'll love Alien Outpost!
Alien Outpost is a fast paced defense game with awesome shooter gameplay mechanics! Defend your base against wave after wave of alien attackers, and manage your assets wisely as you upgrade your defenses. Alien Outpost will have you on the edge of your seat!
- Online Scoreboard with OpenFeint
- Multiple Difficulty Levels
- Innovative "shooter" control scheme
- 7 creative and wacky alien enemies
- Upgradable weapons, bases, special weapons, and more
- Changing times of day
- Automatic save/load
- Local scoreboard
Potential future updates:
- Even more powerful and interactive special weapons
- Even more fun and challenging enemies
What's New in Version 2.0- Online Highscores
- New Control Options
- New Difficulty Levels