- Polished design.
- New gameplay element.
- Energy ball frustrating to control.
Eveningstar tries to break apart from the standard shoot em up by providing a physics controlled energy ball, but in the end, this new element is what you may find ultimately frustrating.
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Eveningstar is a forward scrolling shoot em up with a slightly different focus on the way you destroy enemies. The goal, as with most shoot em ups, is to fly to the end of the level killing enemies along the way to eventually take down the boss.
The difference that Eveningstar uses to separate it from any other space shoot em ups is that you have an energy ball floating around the ship that acts as your primary weapon. To control the ship, you simply move your finger around the screen where you want it to go, but the key is to use inertia to swing the energy ball around to hit enemies and obstacles. Whilst doing this, you also tap the side of the screen to fire a standard gun. This makes the game feel like trying to rub your stomach and tap your head at the same time which can be quite frustrating, but luckily Auto-fire can be enabled in the settings menu.
Visually, Eveningstar is quite polished although the scale makes the game feel slightly cramped, especially when you're swinging your ship all over the screen just to try and keep inertia going. The sound is well suited and music can be replaced with your iPod if you so desire. There are no online leaderboards, simply a personal scoreboard for you to try to beat.
Whilst the concept of the Eveningstar energy ball is good in theory, you may find that whilst trying to swing it around the screen, you crash into your target more than the ball does causing a great deal of frustration. Whilst being nicely polished, there are only 9 levels and the game lacks the depth to keep you wanting more.
DescriptionEveningstar pays homage to your favorite sci-fi shoot-em-up games while sporting realistic physical forces in interaction with the environment, and the innovative tactile weapon-system from which it derives its name!
What the critics are saying:
"Eveningstar is a beautiful, polished scrolling shooter. Excellent graphics and sound mixed with innovative controls and tactile weapons create a must try iPhone gaming experience."
"If you are a fan of sci-fi, Eveningstar is a fantastic accumulation of sci-fi shooters in one iPhone game package."
"Eveningstar is an attractive game that's well worth checking out."
What the users are saying:
"Truly superb visuals (gorgeous hand-drawn 2D art), good sounds and fitting music. For anyone who likes SHMUPs, you will find a lot to love here."
"This game has already earned it's place among the best schmups as far as I am concerned. The game is simply beautiful! The bosses are huge and extremely well animated. I don't know how they managed such beautiful graphics on iDevice."
"The best looking game hands down on the iPhone or the iPod touch!"
Eveningstar plays over 9 unique levels of stunning detail populated with massive monsters, perplexing puzzles, evil enemies and dynamic danger.
Eveningstar is a game of skill, as well as a game of brutal action: learn to control the physical force of the Eveningstar weapon to interact with the environment to defend yourself and to open new ways forward, but rely on a trigger-happy finger to buy yourself time to do so!
* 9 unique thrilling levels filled with hordes of daunting monsters to withstand
* Superb graphics and innovative tactile control system
* Unique Eveningstar weapon abiding the laws of physics
* Bash, Crash & Smash - and otherwise interact realistically with the environment
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