Violet Storm Review
- Changes the formula for the genre; not your typical twin-stick fare.
- Over-the top visuals; oodles of enemies, crazy weapon power-ups.
- Player never really feels threatened by the enemies they face; it takes overwhelming odds to make any dent in your ship.
Violet Storm aims to shift the focus of the twin-stick shooter from being a fragile, yet powerful ship to something more brutal and thuggish, but its novelty wears off quickly without any real threats or changes in the gameplay.
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It's not always easy to make your mark in the big-bad world of twin-stick shooters - especially when you present yourself in the usual neon-coated, explosive clothing so-often used in the genre. By all appearances, Violet Storm by Sad Cat Software looks the part of a typical twin-stick shooter, but does its eschewing of limited environments and one-hit-deaths mix things up in the right way?
To jump straight to the answer: while unexpected and novel at first, the removal of these boundaries turns the game in to something far more brutish and ultimately less appealing.
This is a shame as the attempt to try something new should at least be praised. There's an initial burst of fun and curiosity that comes from blasting away oodles of enemies or taking the odd bump here or there, and eventually winning out thanks to the overwhelming firepower at your disposal.
Power-ups also provide a nice change-up, granting you invincibility and damage boosts, though the longer you survive, the more powerful your ship becomes, eventually reaching eye-popping levels of craziness. Ending up lasers and homing-missiles that fill the screen is not uncommon in the basic campaign mode.
Should you tire of lazily blasting endless amounts of enemies, you can switch things up with the Sniper mode (a timed run where accuracy is rewarded generously) and Speed Havoc (kill as many units as possible as fast as possible).
Violet Storm tries its hand at breaking out of the usual tropes of the hyper-color twin-stick shooter, but it doesn't end up with something quite as compelling and for veterans it can even border on banal as you rarely feel like you're at any risk. For those who enjoy a bit of mindless blasting, this is likely to be down your alley.
Description...Some games have a story to tell. Others make you think to get through a series of complicated puzzles. Violet Storm doesn't have any of that. What is does have is pure, intense, unabashedly over-the-top, non-stop action - rendered in fantastic glowing-neon style with fast-paced techno music in the background.
It also has enemies - and plenty of them. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and all are coming for you, one way or another, in an infinite series of increasingly challenging waves to repel. To help you do that, we've included some fittingly over-the-top weapons. Take, for instance, a super-multi-laser bomb, which, when it explodes, shoots thirty-two rotating laser rays in all directions, destroying everything in its path. Or a five-way, triple-bullet blaster firing at an insane 1,000 rounds per second. Or a fast, triple-barrel homing missile launcher, which not only creates a spectacular show of blue trails, but also destroys anyone trying to even get close (or not so close) to you.
And the most surprisingly satisfying part? The enemies explode into lots and lots of pieces with the sound of shattering glass, which somehow irresistibly draws you in to keep going and going until no more hitpoints are left.
Don't miss all the mayhem - download Violet Storm right now and join the fun!
NOTE: If you own the new Retina iPad, please note that this version will run on it, too, but will use standard-resolution graphics scaled up from iPad 2. If you would like to see graphics tailored specifically to the new iPad, please consider purchasing Violet Storm HD instead, which is an iPad-specific app.
- Insanely fast-paced, action-packed, over-the-top combat
- 25 different enemy and 10 weapon system types!
- Quad-damage, invincibility , mega-laser-bomb powerups (and more!)
- 3 different gameplay modes, including Speed Havoc and Sniper Mode
- Infinite waves of varying and increasingly powerful enemies
- Fantastic futuristic design and graphics
- Universal support for both your iPad and your iPhone/iPod Touch
- Full Retina Display support for iPhone 4 and 4S
- Fast-paced, energizing background music
- Autosave so you never lose your progress
- Three difficulty levels
- Local and global high scores
- Game Center support
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