Futuridium EP Review
Fantastic fusion of electronica with polygonal visuals.
Challenging gameplay yeilds satisfying rewards.
Movement is too twitchy.
Frustrating restart sequence.
Futuridium EP is an interesting space shooter with many rough edges. There's depth here, but only the most dedicated players are going to wrestle with the game long enough to discover it.
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Futuridium EP casts you as a lone pilot lost in a dimensional loop. Destined to travel to and fro across a series of small flat surfaces, you must avoid obstacles and shoot blocks to open the a dimensional gate to get to the next area (which is hopefully one step closer to home). It's sort of like Starfox by way of Sliders.
You control your craft by dragging your finger around the left side of the screen. It's a suprisingly sensitive system, with small gestures sending your spacecraft zig-zagging through space. Tapping the right side of the screen lets you pop a one-eighty. Swiping upper corner of the screen lets you flick between music tracks, and switch the camera between first- and third-person perspective. This setup isn't ideal, and can lead to accidental perspective shifts.
You have an energy bar which is slowly depleting. Firing at the blue blocks placed around the stage will not only keep this meter full, but ultimately open the dimensional gateway. Colliding with either blocks or the environment will cause your craft to explode, and cost you a big chunk of energy when you reappear.
You have a weapon that is best to keep firing as you move around. It's great for blasting the blue cubes into blocky bits, but the range on the weapon is difficult to gauge.
While the vector based 3D visuals and the pumping electronica elevate things somewhat, Futuridium EP is not a particularly accessible experience. This is a shame, because under the jerky controls and harsh gameplay mechanics lies something enticing.
Learning the best way to approach a stage, and completing it in as few passes as possible is quite rewarding, but only if you have the persistence to really persevere. This is one of those games that speaks to the old-school gamer, and might be worth a look for the right type of player. If the controls are tweaked, more players might be willing to jump on board.
DescriptionIMPORTANT: does NOT work on iPhone 3GS/iPod touch 4th generation.
Get a trip back to the 80s' with the insanely fast, insanely difficult action of Futuridium EP, one of the hardest game on the App Store!
Futuridium EP is a retro fast paced shoot’em up with a modern twist, amazing 3D graphic and an adrenaline pumping 45 minutes original soundtrack.
What the press says:
"Piloting a nimble one-man fighter craft and taking on a fleet of epic armed-to-the-teeth alien dreadnoughts has never been so much fun." - indiegames.com
"An amazing debut from an exciting new indie studio" - rgcd.co.uk
"Fun as hell, and I can’t stop playing. Seriously, somebody help me." - indiestatik.com
You are a lone starship pilot who get lost in a dimensional loop just before a battle: with a limited and constantly depleting energy bar your only hope is to fly as fast as possible over enormous space dreadnoughts and destroy all the cyan power cubes, replenishing your energy tank and revealing the ship’s power core, which must be destroyed to move to the next ship.
- No special powers, no bonuses: only the player reflexes count. Your ship, your lasers, your ability!
- You can stop and turn your ship 180° at any time, an essential ability
- No speed control: you always fly as fast as possible...
- 13 levels
- 11 original music tracks, for a 45 minutes original soundtrack. You can skip them in games like a jukebox.
- A new energy based gameplay mechanic
- 5 different gameplay speeds, unlockable finishing the game. The game can get crazy fast...
- 4 different graphic skins
- Peculiar graphic style, full of colours and glitchy full screen special effects
- Full GameCenter support, with online leaderboards and achievements
- A credit system: destroy cubes to get in game credits to continue and other goodies
- Cool easter eggs!
Are you up to the challenge?
What's New in Version 1.1- New game mode with 40+ random levels!
- New control options and modes
- Revised menu
- New hi score leaderboard
- Improved graphic and performance
- Bug fixes