Phoenix Spirit Review
- Publisher: Spearhead Entertainment
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 17 May, 2010
- Size: 35.1 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Unique side-scrolling gameplay.
- Dark pixel-art style.
- Beautiful soundtrack.
- No alternate control options.
- Easy to get side-tracked with exploration.
Once you're comfortable gliding around, Phoenix Spirit is a creative Metroid-style side-scroller that will melt away the hours with its relaxing gameplay.
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The forest's Mother Tree is ill and mysteriously you're the only spirit that hasn't been affected making it your duty to find the source of the infection and cure it. Part tilt-based flier and part Metroid-style exploration, Phoenix Spirit by Spearhead Entertainment is a unique and beautiful experience for the iPhone.
Much like the flying-squirrel your spirit is represented by, you'll have to glide throughout the game to dodge enemies and quickly dispatch the Tree's corruption. By tilting your iDevice you can change the direction you're flying in, while holding the 'dive' button will build up speed that you can use to coast through each area. While virtual controls would have been a helpful alternative it doesn't take long to get accustomed to the unique movement scheme thanks to a helpful direction indicator.
The pixel-art style has been getting a lot of momentum again thanks to its clever use by lots of independent developers and Phoenix Spirit is no exception, with plenty of rich environments to explore. Enemies are rarely aggressive enough to worry about fighting them, but better implementation of the explore and expand style taken from Metroid would have helped to engage more with the game world.
While Phoenix Spirit is a beautifully simple experience the lack of threatening elements can slow down the game's pace more than its usual relaxed tone. Despite its shortcomings Phoenix Spirit is amazingly good value for money and is well worth trying to chill out with and watch the hours melt away.
DescriptionPhoenix Spirit is the winner of "Best Mobile Game" at the Swedish Game Awards 2010!
"Phoenix Spirit is a cool game of exploration, filled with well drawn pixel art, immersive music, and a neat game concept that any fan of Metroidvania side-scrollers shouldn't miss." -Toucharcade
"Phoenix Spirit is one of those games that you really need to get for the iPhone or iPad(screen doubled)." -Touchgen Review (4/5)
"The game is throughly enjoyable and you do want to keep playing it and exploring along the forest. It is probably one of the few unique games that will keep you entertained on the edge of your seat and yet relaxing at the same time." -Touchreviews (4/5)
"It's actually a really beautiful game. It's got such a great atmosphere about it."
"I just played this game for an hour on the toilet because I was so lost in the game. The artwork is beautiful, and the atmosphere is very zen (especially with headphones)." -First impressions from Toucharcade forum
The Mother Tree is ill and only you can heal it!
Main appeal of the game is about exploring the forest and discovering the cause of the Mother Tree's illness. To do this you will be able to unlock new areas as well as revisit old areas in order to gain new powers to cure the disease. The game is based loosely on the Metroidvania concept but provides a more relaxing experience.
The gameplay is comparable to a traditional shooter but with the freedom of flying. This adds exciting new gameplay in a whole new dimension!
Phoenix Spirit is a game that is for everyone. Even if you haven't played games before it will be easy to understand with it's simple controls and gameplay using the iPhone's accelerometer. Getting through the game will be fun and provide plenty of challenge.
- Save the Mother Tree - Discover the cause of the disease and get rid of it
- Exploring - Use the custom designed control scheme to explore the forest at your own pace
- Aestheticss - Be awed by the stunning visuals and dynamic music
- Powerups - Collect and upgrade powerups for your spirit in order to battle the illness
- Big world - Enjoy a vast world with no loading times
Game trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIHHS46NBzs
Also from Spearhead Entertainment:
Fall of Atlantis - An epic adventure puzzle game
Mana Chronicles - Action Adventure RPG coming out on the 15th of October
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