Space Tripper Review
- Very interesting level design and use of perspective.
- I haven't seen a game with cheat options in a long time.
- Boring gameplay.
A run of the mill shoot em up with an interesting control scheme and trippy level design. Sadly this does do enough to outweigh the game's problems.
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The shoot em up is a pretty standard genre in video gaming nowadays. Indeed it takes something special to get noticed. Is Space Tripper worth noticing? Let us find out.
Your ship is controlled by tilting. Weapon fire is automatic, and tapping the screen on the left and the right side will accomplish different things. The left side will change your weapon from a single fire option to a triple spray. The spray covers more area but is weaker. Both can be upgraded by picking up power upgrades dropped by enemies so it's up to you to decide which fire is more beneficial to you. Tapping the right side of the screen will reverse direction and as the levels are usually quite small, you will need to zip back and forth to clear the area of enemies.
Let's talk about the levels. Not only claustrophobic, but the level design makes very interesting use of perspective. In the second level for example, the entire middle length section is on a skewed plain, while the first boss fight takes place on an arc stretching out towards the player with the sides of the level being quite a ways lower. This alongside the plentiful particle effects makes for a unique and visually pleasing game experience.
It's just the game itself that is lacking. Levels drag on far too long, with zipping back and forth eliminating enemies becoming a chore. It is also far too easy to slam into a projectile or an enemy itself and bite the dust, which just adds to the frustration. The game was immensely more fun during the review play experience when the cheat codes were turned on, but that being the case, you can see the problem. Space Tripper is for fans of the shoot em up genre and those who like the look of the unique level design and pleasant visuals.
DescriptionThe award winning, top down, arcade, knuckle busting, shoot 'em up by PomPom is now available for iOS. Space Tripper (AKA Astro Tripper) has 14 challenging levels across diverse 4 worlds, with loads of enemies and huge boss battles.
WARNING: This game will challenge you!
PC Gamer - "Game of Distinction Award"
EDGE magazine - "Winner of the Excellence award 2001"
Macworld - "2001 Game Hall of Fame - Best retro game with a twist"
TouchArcade - 4.5/5
PC Gamer - 92% - "Game of Distinction Award"
Blast anything that moves. Powerful Blue Lasers and Red Spread Lasers come equipped, so use both weapons tactically to get through tricky situations. Power up your weapons with power crystals dropped by destroyed enemies.
Loads of Enemies. Zippy UFOS. Fat Motherships. Tanks. Choppers. Slimy Slug creatures. Alien Insects. Aztec structures brimming with electricity. And of course, Big Bosses!
- 14 levels
- 4 worlds
- Vibrant 3D visuals and fx
- Unlockable game modes
In Campaign mode, go to the pause menu, and tap the top left corner, then bottom right corner, then top right corner, then bottom left corner. This will bring up the cheat menu. As soon as you enable a cheat, all leaderboards, achievements and progress saving will be disabled until game over, or quit.
Note: Space Tripper users OpenFeint for leaderboards and achievements. OpenFeint will be going of line on December 14th 2012 which may disrupt this functionality.
What's New in Version 1.1.0- Relative Touch Controls Added
- Easy Mode Added
- Auto Tilt Calibration Option Added