Abyss Attack Review
- Excellent visuals.
- Atmospheric soundtrack.
- Shooting is repetitive, and becomes tedious too quickly.
- Power-ups are too expensive.
Abyss Attack is an attractive level based shoot-'em-up, that is marred by its grafted-on endless-runner trappings.
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Abyss Attack is an endless-runner in the garb of a shmup. Here are your instructions: shoot everything, play till you die, use the currency to upgrade your craft, and try to overcome the temptation to spend real money on upgrades.
To control your underwater craft, you simply drag your finger around the screen. You fire automatically, while picking up packages will change your weapon. These packages usually contain equippable power-ups like blades and bombs. Each stage ends with a boss fight, before moving onto deeper and darker waters.
The difficulty level ramps up pretty quickly. To make things even more frustrating, you're kicked back to the start of level one after every game over screen. In your constant quest to gather enough gems to upgrade your craft, you'll find yourself treading the same ground over and over again.
There is a small amount of satisfaction in seeing how quickly you can defeat the first boss, but not enough to sustain multiple attempts. One upgrade lets you jump to a later stage of the game, but its price tag puts it well out of reach. By the time you've collected enough gems to afford it, you're likely to be a bit sick of the grind.
This is a shame, because many of Abyss Attack's individual components are worthy of praise. The visuals and music combine to create a moody atmosphere. The touch controls are as smooth as you could ask them to be, and the flourescent enemies are agreeably striking.
If you have the patience to grind out your upgrades or don't mind dropping some money, Abyss Attack will offer a fairly enjoyable - if streamlined - shoot-'em-up experience. However, we can't help thinking that it would have worked a lot better without its endless-runner trappings.
DescriptionSubmerge into the deep blue and discover an endless underwater voyage unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Explore an ocean floor illuminated by waves of colorful creatures and fight for survival against the sea’s dangerous leviathans.
IN TOO DEEP?
Touch or tilt to navigate your submarine through the deep and blast away the glowing urchins and stinging tentacles. Use weapons and power-ups to tear through relentless enemies and battle against overwhelming odds in intense boss encounters.
GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT
Complete missions to rank up and improve your battleship. Choose from six submarines, upgrade your weapons and try, try again to survive this endless abyss.
UNDER THE SEA
Combining a steampunk art style with neon-like 3D visuals, watch as your attacks fill the screen with color as you float along to the game’s chilled out soundtrack.
• An endless abyss of beautiful visuals and arcade fun
• Six playable and upgradable submarines to tinker with
• 15 ranks, 87 missions and mega-missions to complete
• Compete and upload your best scores to Facebook and Twitter
• UNIVERSAL: Tackle the abyss on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
This game features non-compulsory In-App Purchases. If you do not wish to use this feature please disable In-App Purchases in your device settings.
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