The DRM Death Ray Manta Review
- Top shelf audio and visual presentation.
- A re-imagining of Robotron 2084.
- A lot of personality.
- Controls do not give the functionality needed to tackle what the game is asking of you.
- Pretty hefty visual bug on the 3GS.
This is a hyper-kinetic Robotron 2064 that would be easy to recommend if the controls weren't fighting you every step of the way.
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The DRM Death Ray Manta is a game that I shall hereafter refer to as just Death Ray Manta. It is an exercise in sense-overload as you are bombarded with hyper-kinetic visuals, a pulsing soundtrack, and levels that either end in victory or defeat before you've even gotten your bearings. What type of game is it? Think Robotron 2084 with an epileptic makeover. It's been getting a lot of positive buzz around review circles if the quotes are to be believed, so let's see if there's anything to the hype.
Like Robotron or any other twin-stick shooter, Death Ray Manta uses the stick on the left for moving, and the stick on the right for shooting... except that you shoot while moving as well. Each level starts with your character surrounded by green and red bad-guys who move in for the kill. If you annihilate all of them, you move onto the next stage, and if they touch you, if you touch an obstacle, or if you get hit by any other brand of laser or missile fire, the game ends and you have to start over from square one. Often the stages are claustrophobic, and with the enemies surrounding you from the get-go, it's very easy to be overwhelmed immediately. This design calls for responsive and fluid movement, but unfortunately the controls don't offer this. Instead the best course of action is to shoot out a wide berth in one direction so you can run to a corner or wall and pick off everything closing in on your location. Of course with the lasers and other projectiles, this is near impossible in later stages, and thanks to the clunky movement, being on the move will result in death.
What the game lacks in fluid control however, it makes up for in phenomenal presentation. Not only do the colors, the particle effects, the sound effects, and the music come together to create a dizzying and hypnotic play experience, the developer has infused the game with a quirky personality from the names of the levels to the notes that litter the bottom of the screen. This game knows exactly what it is, and this strong sense of identity does a lot to leave the player with a positive look on the game, even with its control faults.
And finally just a quick word of warning. The game is optimized for the iPhone 5, and testing it on the 3GS resulted in the analogue sticks taking up half the screen, obscuring the majority of the gameplay. This should be easily patched, and if the controls can be patched likewise to make things a little more fluid, this will be a definite recommend, as any game that punches you in the face with its presentation like this deserves to at least be noticed... as redundant as that sounds.
DescriptionDeath Ray Manta is an ARENA SHOOTER for iOS devices where you blow stuff up and make pretty colours in the spirit of Minter, Jarvis and Fearon.
* NOW WITH ICADE CONTROLLER SUPPORT *
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the extreme graphical nature of DRM, the older devices just don't like it. Please do not buy unless you are running on an iPad2 or newer, iPod 2nd gen or newer or the iPhone 4 or newer.
Official This is DRM game trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrsZi0NRi1c
Death Ray Manta is an ARCADE GAME. Two sticks and a screen full of laser beams.
Death Ray Manta is based on the acclaimed PC/Mac game of the same name. Edge Magazine  and co-star of the Eurogamer Expo 2012.
Death Ray Manta iOS received a 4 out of 5 from 148apps.com and another 4 out of 5 from DigitalSpy.com.
Death Ray Manta does not waste your time. There is no guff, no IAP, no upgrades, just a videogame. Tap to start. Score higher.
Death Ray Manta is a game about blowing up stuff. All the stuff.
Death Ray Manta is videogames.
CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS:
"It is bright, abrupt, jarring and wonderful." - Digital Spy 4/5
"Death Ray Manta is a psychedelic dual-stick shooter that fans of Jeff Minter's output and those who love pick-up-and-play games will absolutely love." - 148apps.com 4/5
Blasterifics - 5 stars
by SK177135 - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
Addictive and colourful, a great conversion of the PC game of the same name.
A tail of melted thumbs and eyeballs - 5 stars
by mrijprice - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
I'm never gonna get out of this alive! Death came swiftly. Death comes with a strange regularity. In a bunch of eye melting pixelly ways. Yours thumbs won't thank you. Your eyes won't thank you, but your brain will. How can something so pretty be so damned evil? Well, spawned from the bullet-hell spattered brain of Rob Fearon, how can it be any other way? Are games art? This question has been answered: loud and clear. Dead again. And again. And again. But progressing nicely with every game.
Excellent - 5 stars
by StephenParkes - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
On a par with Super Hexagon in the best short game experience available on iOS while also jumping into the number one dual stick shooter on iOS. This is my favourite game if the year so far and developers are going to have to work hard to wrestle that accolade away from DRM.
I need faster thumbs! - 5 stars
by Spraydough - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
Crazy fast, crazy tricky, crazy colourful, total fun! The best arena blaster I've seen for an age.
Beautiful! - 5 stars
by Krakatomato - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
One of the prettiest games on iThing and an absolute joy to play..
Awesome festival of retro shooter goodness - 5 stars
by Retroeric - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
Fast, furious, colourful, noisy, chaotic. Please sir, I cannot tell a lie, DRM is the dogs.
Very nice - 5 stars
by CorpusAbomino - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
I'm not sure if I'm winning or losing but it's pretty awesome none the less. Very Minter-esque. Good controls and nice, colourful graphics.
Soft & brutal arena shooter - 5 stars
by alienbraincookies - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 30, 2013
Hypnotic, relentless, shiny and very challenging arena shooter... Shoot the glowy death, make stuff explode. ALL the stuff! I like how you can dip in and play casually, or attempt to take it seriously and laugh as it tears your teeth out. Love your manta!
More colours than Skittles and sherbet - 5 stars
by Uvtkingy - Version 1.0.42 - Jan 29, 2013
Stuff all these awful casual games and advert ridden atrocities. This is the real deal. Do you lament the demise of your local arcade emporium, then this is for. Do you like Robotron but with many many deaths. Then this is most certainly for you. Well, i enjoyed it anyway.
What's New in Version 1.2.2Added more sound effects
Fixed game complete screen
Some minor U.I. changes