Asteroids: Gunner Review
- Free price-point with reasonable IAP model; plenty of unlockables not tied to cash.
- Gorgeously smooth gameplay; easy to dance around with precision despite the onslaught of tiny rocks.
- Purchasable 'power-ups' make the game more of a challenge.
- Inflation of power-ups slows down your upgrade progression.
- Basic game takes a LONG time to reach challenging levels with AI opponents.
Take the time to check out Asteroids GUNNER for yourself and see whether it compares to the games that took their inspiration from the original Asteroids.
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The original Asteroids by Atari is easily recognizable as one of the forefathers of Arcade gaming that has eventually led to common genres like the twin-stick shooter. The fact that the iOS ended up with such amazing titles like Space Miner: Space Ore Bust and Meteor Blitz by restoring some of the classic formula only goes to show how far-reaching the concept came to be. With Atari celebrating Asteroids 30th year out of the Arcades (the Atari 2600 first saw the game in 1981), it's only appropriate to have an updated version for 2011, and as such we now have the Fluik Entertainment developed Asteroids GUNNER.
Far be it for me to jump to a conclusion like this right away, but as a free title there's no reason not to grab the title right away, though some would ask where the catch is. GUNNER does pack in some In App Purchases, though aside from unlocking additional 'sectors', ships or super upgrades, you can get along just fine with the basic currency earned through play.
Each 'wave' of a sector consists of a bunch of asteroids (of course) and the occasional enemy or more with the aim of the game being to destroy and mine as much as possible as quickly as possible. This earns you cash which can be spent on upgrading your ship by unlocking power-up slots, improving the duration and effect of said power-ups or repairing your ship to survive the next wave intact for bonus points.
Sadly the game stalls at this point and while clearing out screen after screen of asteroids has an appeal of its own, money needs to be spent to unlock modes of play that add a real sense of challenge (such as 'Rush' or 'Kamikaze') and even then the game lacks variety in gameplay, making it easy to put down again. The fact that power-ups also inflate in value over time only makes the grind more apparent.
Despite its pretty shell and perfectly reasonable entry cost, Asteroids GUNNER is more of a time-waster than an addictive coin-pumping game like the original. Take the time to try it out and maybe a purchase or two will give you what you want, just don't expect a game on par with the titles it seeks to emulate.
Description“Asteroids Gunner is the most entertaining and addictive version of one of the greatest arcade games of all time.” – AOL Games
Experience the next evolution in Atari’s legendary Asteroids franchise!
Blast your way through deadly asteroids fields and alien war ships to become the most wealthy and powerful“Asteroids Gunner is the most entertaining and addictive version of one of the greatest arcade Gunner in space history! Work your way to the top of the gritty crystal mining business by traversing through the galaxy and collecting the treasures of the cosmos. Upgrade your ship as you climb up the intergalactic ranks and become a force to be reckoned with!
4 galaxies and 200 non-stop waves to test your rock-obliterating skills
One unique ship to pilot with seven additional ships unlockable
Tons of power-ups and skill upgrades
Play against your friends in the turn-based Challenge Mode for bragging rights
Unlock over 200 achievements to earn rank promotions and gain more upgrades
OpenFeint and Game Center integration
“Atari managed to take Asteroids’ retro DNA and make it shine on the small screen with Asteroids Gunner.” – TechCrunch
“It's everything arcade players loved about the classic Atari title Asteroids, only with a whole new look.” – USA Today
“Asteroids: Gunner feel[s] like it belongs in this new era” – Slide to Play
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