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Assault Squadron Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on May 31, 2010


Assault Squadron
Download on the AppStore
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PROS

  • High-energy soundtrack.
  • Intense gameplay experience.
  • Unique feel for each ship.
  • Very liberal with continues.

CONS

  • Extremely challenging difficulty.
  • Special weapon is quickly overshadowed by default weapons.

VERDICT

Assault Squadron isn't as nuanced as some of the real shmup classics, but it's still an intense challenge waiting to be conquered and mastered by veteran fans.


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Developer 'The Binary Mill' aren't kidding when they say they're out to redefine bullet-hell shooters for the App Store with their latest release 'Assault Squadron'. It won't take long till all of your continues melt away, but that won't stop shmup fans from diving right back in.

Assault Squadron gives players several options for controlling their fighters, allowing you to choose between two touch options, a virtual stick and even tilt based movement. The tilt-precision is responsive, but this can work against you as you accidentally dive in to another set of bullets. The one-to-one touch controls are recommended for perfect control. There's a limited area of movement to get used to as well, which can end your game quickly while you're learning each level. Liberal use of your special weapons will be needed early on, but you'll find the bombs to be more useful for saving yourself from an untimely death.

The presentation is outstanding, with detailed artwork and a perfectly matched energetic soundtrack full of grinding beats. There are only six short levels to play your way through, but completing the game is a challenge in itself and thankfully levels can be practiced in the Arcade mode. Each ship has its own distinct feel for the game and a fourth is unlockable after completing the game.

Assault Squadron's rapidly increasing difficulty won't appeal to everyone, but the arcade quality level of presentation is an absolute treat for shmup fans.

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