Etolis: Arena Review
- Straight action sci-fi action shooter gameplay; easy to pick up.
- Alternative unlockable modes and content.
- Auto-aim feature for casual gamers.
- Poor collision detection; weapons can shoot through close enemies.
- Graphical glitches; poor performance on high quality settings and other issues including models remaining upright after death.
- No control customization options.
Etolis: Arena is a weak twin-stick shooter that suffers thanks to numerous small flaws and odd design choices.
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With an arcade puzzle title already under their belt, developer Facet Studios has turned their hands towards something a little more action oriented with their Chillingo released title, Etolis: Arena. In what is now a fairly familiar situation for iOS gamers, you'll be pitted against waves of enemies that need to be mowed down in succession in order to survive this twin-stick genre death trap.
There's not much in the way of control customization and players will need to stick to the standard control configuration of moving around each arena with the left analogue stick while shooting and aiming with the right stick. An auto-aim system is available for all but the highest of the game's difficulties, though this isn't without its issues as it's prone to switch targets based on the direction you're moving and the proximity of enemies near you. Making full use of the game's additional gameplay elements, such as changing weapons; initiating special attacks; or throwing a grenade can be awkward as the buttons are placed at a distance from your analogue sticks, making them less of an intuitive tactical options compared to simply blasting enemies with your current weapon.
A lot of detail has gone in to the game's sci-fi theme, with six bright, colorful and varied arenas (three of which must be unlocked over time) and interesting character designs for the enemies and environments rounding things out. Unfortunately it's hard to appreciate the artwork as poorly conceived special effects constantly obscure objects and turning on the high-quality visual options results in stuttering, jerky moments that can kill the game's flow (and even your character).
A multitude of other minor issues including a dynamic camera that swings back and forth awkwardly; the inability to examine objects before buying them; and the incessant buzzing chatter of a robot taunting your character gives the game an unpolished feel. With so many other excellent twin-stick titles already available to choose from it's hard to recommend Etolis: Arena, but hardcore action fans may still get a kick out of its harder gameplay modes.
DescriptionCan you survive the Arena?
Captured by an invading alien horde, you were thrown into the Arena as a galactic gladiator, forced to fight for their entertainment. No one has survived beyond the first round, but they have underestimated you.
"If you've got a few extra dollars to spend, this is definitely worth it." — JetStream Games
ACTION PACKED GAMEPLAY
Etolis: Arena is an intense, action packed dual stick survival shooter where you, a skilled space marine, fight wave after wave of The Queen's forces. Survive against endless rounds of increasingly difficult enemies. Play through the rounds to uncover the secret behind The Queen’s invasion!
VARIETY OF GAME MODES
Etolis: Arena features additional game modes; Dronez, Rockets, and Hammers. In Dronez you must battle against an endless horde of deadly drones. Defend yourself using a variety of small arms. With Rockets the clue is in the title, survive as long as you can, fending off your enemies with a ton of super explosive rockets! In Hammers you’re gonna have to get in close and crush your foes with a giant hammer!
AMAZING WEAPONS AND ENEMIES
With a variety of weapons to unlock as you progress through the game, you won’t tire of blasting holes in your unfortunate enemies. From plasma weapons to explosive mines there is no shortage of ways to defend yourself in the Arena. Your captors will send wave after wave of deadly enemies at you ranging from slender alien creatures with whip-like arms to bulking robot behemoths intent on turning you into space dust. Plus there are special power-ups to discover.
Watch your foes, and the environments that contain them crumble and explode in stunning Retina Display High Definition. There is the option of a Dynamic Camera for close up action and the arena really comes to life in an explosion of bright and vivid colors from your blasters!
SOCIAL GAMING INTEGRATION
Etolis: Arena is fully integrated with Crystal and Game Center, compete with your friends and on global leaderboards, as well as unlock achievements!
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