ISUD : Bullet Hell Action !!! Review
- Abstract shooter gameplay.
- Impressive hyper-color visuals without too much clutter.
- Basic control system.
- 3rd Gen onwards only compatible for now.
ISUD does a great job of tipping its hat to developers like Kenta Cho and still manages to bust out a few tricks of its own for shmup fans to enjoy.
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Recently an adaption of Kenta Cho's 'rRootage' was released on the App Store and it seems surprising that developer Pencil Logic would choose to release their title ISUD (It Shoots, You Dodge) so soon after. Much like rRootage, ISUD is an abstract shooter, focusing on the gameplay of dodging waves of bullet patterns while destroying enemies that change after each death.
The controls are certainly simple enough and players can move their pixel-sized ship around the screen by swiping the screen and if things get too hot a bomb can be deployed by touching the screen with a second finger. As it is the gameplay is hectic enough without worrying about the controls, so it's good to see things being kept simple like this.
Thankfully ISUD isn't just a hollow clone and Pencil Logic have evolved the gameplay in some neat ways. Each boss features a ring that represents the worst possible danger zone and players are rewarded for sticking in there as long as possible, but if you happen to fail a particular stage the game rewards you with one extra life to make your next attempt more likely to succeed. Final scores do take deaths and multipliers in to account, so for those after high-scores the added-life system doesn't make things 'too easy'.
Also, it's hard not to talk about the game's visuals that are absolutely spectacular, but this doesn't come without a cost and only 3rd gen or higher iDevices are able to play this game currently. Still, ISUD is an excellent abstract shooter and definitely worth picking up for fans of games like rRootage.
Only work with Arm7 CPU
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4
iPod Touch Gen 3, iPod Touch Gen 4
ISUD (It Shoots U Dodge) welcomes you to deep space bullet hell. Get ready to weave, dodge, and shoot your way through insane barrages of bullets. Face four unique bosses, each equipped with enough fire power to take down a star fleet. It is your duty to take them on, one on one.
ISUD has eye-popping graphics that show the gamer how deadly geometry can be. To play simply place your finger on the screen to control the ship. Your ship has the ability to navigate the entire screen to aid you in survival. At all costs protect the red gem located at the center-rear of your ship, as this is the vulnerable spot of the vessel. With an auto-fire machine gun, you don’t have to worry about attacking and thus can concentrate on surviving. Tap the screen with two fingers to launch an emergency bomb at your enemy to clear the screen of advancing bullets. Receive bonus points if you're powerful enough to save your bombs or finish them up close - face to face style!
ISUD offers great replay-ability with it's five mind-numbing levels and three difficulty settings that make it fun for any players! Let your friends know you are the champion of the universe by sharing your score online via Twitter and Facebook. Risk your life to get to the top of the leaderboard, engined by OpenFeint. Challenge yourself by collect the exciting achievements.
So climb aboard and strap in, your bombs are armed, and the universe won't protect itself!