Bit Pilot Review
- Great retro visual and audio presentation.
- Unique control scheme.
- Control scheme has high learning curve.
This retro take on the bullet hell genre might be hard to get the hang of, but it will keep you coming back for more.
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Bit Pilot will please both retro gamers and bullet hell fans. Its control scheme takes some time getting used to but the game has a lot of personality and offers some asteroid dodging fun.Bullet hell games are starting to become popular on the iphone. It's good to see cause there can be nothing as exhilarating as whipping around the screen, narrowly dodging everything that gets thrown in your way. Bit Pilot is a bullet hell game with a retro style and a unique control scheme. The question is if it all comes together to deliver a great iphone experience.
Instead of using tilt mechanics, or an on screen joystick, Bit Pilot has your fingers directing your ship around the game field. Swiping and dragging will control speed and direction, with swiping in the opposite direction slowing you down. Two fingers on the screen will add more finesse as you whisk and weave around the incoming asteroids. It's a unique control scheme and does the job, but the choice to use another scheme would have been nice.
The game is very retro using simple pixel art and vector lines. Every so many points, you go up in level, and the screen washes in a new colour before the difficulty ramps up. The music is a treat with a wonderful 8bit style track as you play, with another music track as an unlockable. The game features unlockable difficulties and bonuses along with achievements and OpenFeint leaderboards
Bit Pilot will please both retro gamers and bullet hell fans. Its control scheme takes some time getting used to but the game has a lot of personality and offers some asteroid dodging fun..
DescriptionYou've never played an iOS action game that controlled this well.
"Asteroids meets Canabalt"
As seen in the WIRED Magazine App Guide - 9.0 out of 10
As seen in MacLife Magazine
As reviewed in Giant Robot and Tap! Magazines
Kotaku's Gaming App of the Day
*Featured at Fantastic Fest 2011*
* Featured in Apple's New and Noteworthy / What's Hot *
"A must-have, no matter what kind of games you enjoy on Apple's touchscreen devices"
"Holy crap, this is awesome!"
"Some of the best music this side of Mega Man 2"
-SlideToPlay - rated 3/4
"Dodge lasers and asteroids in an effort to keep your bit pilot alive to the wonderous chiptunes of Sabrepulse. Seriously, the soundtrack alone is worth your 99 cents."
"Games like Bit Pilot are why I love the iPhone"
-TouchGen - 4.5 stars
Featured in GamePro's iPhone Games Of The Week 3/22/10
"Pixelated asteroids flying across the screen boost the game's nostalgic appeal, while its on-pitch bit tunes send it into overdrive"
"Fast paced gameplay, well implemented touch controls and a great 8-bit soundtrack"
"A premium title with quick pick up and play action perfect for its platform, and should absolutely not be missed." - thecurrentgamer.com
"A deceptively-intense game with a lot of personality, fluid controls and a thought-provoking soundtrack. It’s a successful, innovative “retro-infused” modern take on a well-defined, often-finicky genre. At only .99, Bit Pilot is well worth your allowance"
-148Apps - 4 out of 5 stars
"There’s a lot to love here; from the fluid controls to the speedy gameplay it feels like Squareball just met Space Miner. We heartily recommend this one."
"If you have enjoyed Canabalt's fast paced, heart pumping action, Bit Pilot will fit right into your collection of games
on the iPhone ... Take a deep breath, sit back, relax, thumbs on the screen and
enjoy. Bit Pilot is absolutely fantastic!"
Bit Pilot was created by Zach Gage (SpellTower, Halcyon, Unify, SynthPond)
and has music by the prolific chiptune artist Sabrepulse.
Bit Pilot uses an intuitive and unique control scheme unlike anything you've tried before. Each thumb swipe on the screen adds the force of that swipe to your ship.
Control with one thumb for small motions, and use two at once in the same direction for quick movements, or two in different directions for precision. Its difficult to explain, but extremely intuitive and precise once you try it. Check out the videos on bitpilotgame.com.
After you get good, the next time you try a dual stick shooter on your xbox, you'll wish you were using a touch controller.
- Intuitve and precise touch controls
- Intense retro bullet-dodging
- Awesome music by Sabrepulse
- 6 Unlockable tracks + More bonus unlockables
- Fifteen Challenging Achievements
- Global highscore lists and ranking through OpenFeint and Game Center
What's New in Version 2.1.1- iPhone 5 Support
- HD iPad Support
- Switched from OpenFeint to Game Center
- Fixed Game Center to work in horizontal
- Faster Rank Change reloads
- Supports Multitasking (finally! yeesh)
- tiny tiny fix to adjust star background offset