Dark Nebula - Episode One Review
- Great looking visuals; very in depth and detailed.
- Challenging gameplay with lots of room for player improvement.
- The tilt controls work well; no hidden surprises here.
- The game is very short consisting of only 10 levels; even the developer calls it a one hour game.
- No tilt sensitivity or tilt centre adjustment options.
Despite having a short campaign mode, fans of tilt control maze games will have a blast rolling through the detailed levels of Dark Nubula – Episode One.
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Dark Nebula is an action, reflex game where players must guide a small ball through a series of maze like levels in order to reach the end. Along the way you will need to collect a number of small pickups that will add to your total highscore and level ranking and collect different shields to roll through various force fields and protect yourself from other obstacles.
The game is tilt controlled, and although some tilting games have let down players in the past, this is not the case here. The tilt sensitivity makes for some simple ball control and is quite responsive, the only issue is that the game has no options to adjust the tilt control setting, such as sensitivity or tilt centre. But you won’t have any game stopping issues here.
The visual presentation is wonderful; everything looks sleek and animations are very smooth. The spacey sound design is good but not as in depth as you’d like; it doesn’t quite surround and immerse you into the environment as well as it should. The game is annoyingly short but seeing as how the game is part one of the series, it can be justified by the promise of more games.
Dark Nebula is an enjoyable tilting action, reflex games that fans of Labyrinth will love. The gameplay runs very smoothly and can be incredibly challenging. While tilting controls might not be everyone’s preferred choice, they work and that’s what’s important. And while the game is awkwardly short, you’ll have no hesitation in replaying levels and eagerly awaiting the next release.
DescriptionCheck out the new HD-version of Episode One, available in the App Store today: Dark Nebula HD - Episode One has HD graphics and 12 additional levels.
"5 out of 5. It’s in a completely different league to anything else that I’ve personally come across on the store."
- 148 Apps
"Dark Nebula is simply one of the best games the AppStore has produced."
- The App Era
"All-in-all, definitely an amazing game. One of the best I’ve played on the device so far..."
- Touch My Apps
"Dark Nebula offers a very fun, action-arcade experience that we loved every second of."
- Touch Arcade
"Impressive futuristic action game with edge of the seat excitement"
- Touch Reviews
"The game is drop dead gorgeous. Dark Nebula is all about the details, and each level is soaked in a thick coat of polish…"
- We Play iPhone
"Dark Nebula - or Extreme Labyrinth as I like to call it - is one of the best ball rollers out there."
- Touch Gen
"5 out of 5. We found ourselves as enthralled with the gameplay as with the look of the game."
"9/10 - Da Bomb. The game excels in all departments, graphics, controls, gameplay, sound and fun factor."
The best way to sum this game up is that it's like a labyrinth game but on steroids. Just tilt the device to move your character through the levels while avoiding traps, opening doors, bouncing, sliding and not falling off.
Designed by game industry veteran, Anders Hejdenberg. Lead designer of many world class games, including Battlefield 2: Modern Combat.
Episode one is roughly an hour long with ten action-packed levels that will have you bouncing, sliding, spinning and swerving all the way to the finish line.
Put your skills to the test by completing the game with gold star results on all levels and prove that you are the true master of Dark Nebula!
Search for "Dark Nebula trailer" on Youtube to see the game in action.