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.
DescriptionShoot mysterious creatures in this endless underwater voyage!
"Gorgeous and incredibly addictive." –SlideToPlay
"The visuals are fantastic and the tranquil music is delightful" –AppAdvice,
"It’s hard to describe the seductive power of its visual design." –ArcadeSushi
"A game that deserves to stick around for a while to come." –148Apps
SHOOT TO SURVIVE
Pick your submarine and use weapons and power-ups to tear through relentless creatures like you’ve never seen before and battle against giant bosses!
AN ENDLESS BEAUTIFUL ABYSS
Combining a steampunk art style with neon-like 3D visuals, watch as your attacks fill the screen with color. A chilled-out soundtrack perfectly fits this seemingly endless voyage.
•An endless abyss of beautiful visuals and arcade fun
•Unique creatures and bosses
•Six playable submarines
•Nine power-ups to upgrade
•15 ranks, 87 missions complete
•Create and equip Relics to boost your stats
•Compete with friends on Facebook
This game is completely free to play but 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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