Zaxxon Escape Review
- Follows on thematically from the originals; doesn't feel conceptually out of place.
- Sharp visual design; nails the claustrophobic sense of flying through a self-destructing ship.
- Needing to spin your iDevice completely is a handful and potentially hazardous.
- No initial bonus provided for the cost of entry; handed a blank slate with minimal income similar to a freemium title - mixes its income models to ill effect.
Zaxxon Escape may be a logical continuation of the classic Arcade title, but aside from its shiny spaceship based theme it brings little to the table you can't already get in free Temple Run style games.
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As Arcade games go, Zaxxon by SEGA remains milestone in gaming history thanks to its many firsts - not the least of which was the introduction of 'axonometric projections' to create a sort-of holographic 3D effect. Thankfully it's 2012 now and 3D effects are the least of our worries, so SEGA have dug up their classic title to give it Temple Run-like shake-up.
It's here that things start to feel a bit worrying - avoiding hazards has always been a staple in the original isometric shoot'em-up, forcing players to balance their efforts between evasion and offense. Zaxxon Escape pulls the plug on the second half, reducing combat to the occasional tap to blow up barriers, an enemy or two, and power-ups. As for the rest of the controls? I hope you like flipping your iDevice.
Tilting can be a wonderful way of giving the player a visceral way to engage with the game in front of them - at first this is also true of Zaxxon as you twist your iDevice to rotate the ship you're flying. However, obstacles regularly force (or at least strongly nudge) you towards rotating your device completely, forcing you to juggle it between your hands - one fumble and you might be explaining why your screen is cracked to someone at an Apple store.
One thing Zaxxon Escape doesn't fumble is the presentation - story-wise you've just blown up a massive space station and now you're making your exit before being engulfed in flames. The sprawling and varied designs of the station make for great eye-candy, especially when ducking and weaving through obstacles - in this regard its design feels flawless.
However, ultimately the game is just another Temple Run title, complete with swipe-based path selection. Upgrades cover the same basics as well, though the amount of coins you can earn in a single run is limited, making the initial purchase feel altogether too harsh as you grind to make any serious progress.
In the end it comes down to whether you don't mind flipping your iDevice to play a spaceship-themed version of a game you probably already own.
Description※ Download the latest version for improved iOS6 compatibility and optimized game performance ※
*This game does not support iPod touch (4th Generation)*
**Optimal game performance is on iOS5 and above. Please be patient during the loading screen - it is gathering the latest data to maximize your enjoyment**
In 1982, kids everywhere saved their quarters to invade the evil robot ZAXXON’s space fortress in Sega’s first video game with a 3-D isometric perspective.
30 years later, ZAXXON is back and rebuilt with a new gameplay style for a whole new generation in this fast action arcade game. Get ready to maneuver your spaceship and escape the fortress at warp speeds!
Your new mission is to escape ZAXXON’s asteroid city. ZAXXON’s minions have transformed the fortress into a maze of tight corridors and you must fly your ship out safely! Guide your sleek craft and shoot, steer and tilt your way through an ever-changing maze of narrow tunnels and force fields. Earn Z-coins throughout each mission to help you level up and power up. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY OUT… WARP SPEED AHEAD!
★ INFINITE GAMEPLAY. EVOLVED ★
Swipe your desired direction, blast away force fields with missiles and tilt your device to steer through obstacles
★ POWER UP YOUR SHIP ★
Use in game currency to activate Power Ups and Level Ups. Auto Pilot and Light Speed Boost give you a head start. Initiate a Cloaking Device to help shield your ship from destruction. Use Tractor Beams to attract all the Z-coins you encounter.
★ OTHER FEATURES ★
-Complete over 30 game objectives with support for Game Center Leaderboards
-Race as optional ships available for upgrade
-Universal app - Buy once and fly on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
-Supports Retina Display on the new iPad, iPhone 4/4S and full screen on iPhone 5
What's New in Version 1.1-Localization: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian
-Game Center Achievements