Final Flight of the Perseus Review
- Intuitive controls
- Fun shmup action in short bursts
- Repetitive enemies
- Shallow combat
- Ugly pixelated art
Final Flight of the Perseus’s wants to be as addictive as Galaga, but its repetitive enemies and ho-hum combat struggle to hold your attention past a few credits.
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Final Flight of the Perseus is a free shmup that continues the legacy of arcade classics like Galaga. Controlling the inevitably doomed starship Perseus, you must battle waves of attacking enemy aliens until your reactions fail you, and you explode into spacedust.
Direct controls help you to navigate the single-screen war zones in seconds. Your crude, pixelated ship fires endlessly upwards as you drag it around the screen, dodging the equally ugly alien aggressors. Unfortunately, the one-to-one movement is not handled smoothly, with your craft jerking awkwardly around the screen like a paper plane on a string.
Battles consist of randomly generated waves comprising the game’s handful of enemies. The aliens don’t really seem to have their heart in it, though. Some of them bounce slowly around at the top of the screen, while others remain completely still to take occasional lazy potshots at you. That said, even these simple foes eventually become a challenge as their speed and numbers increase, until you eventually lose through sheer attrition.
Luckily, you have time to gather yourself between waves. During these pauses you can spend points earned in-game to power-up your solitary weapon and recharge your shields. There are very few upgrade options available, and no IAPs thanks to ad support, but this does at least keep the playing field level for the online leaderboards.
To add a little spice to proceedings there are four massive boss crafts that you'll repeatedly encounter. Like the standard enemies, these increase in power upon each meeting. Whether they attack with homing plasma cannons or simply spray the screen with lazers, their assaults become ever more intense. Despite this, meeting a boss for the third time in a run does eventually become monotonous.
Final Flight of the Perseus is about as straightforward as a shump can be. There are no frills, and the high-score driven action doesn't do much to develop the experience. It's fine in short bursts, but if you are good at its wave based combat then you will probably find yourself bored after the first few scuffles.
DescriptionQuotes about Perseus:
"Go forth and strike down some alien scum in the name of humanity’s last stand." - 148Apps.com
"I was really surprised by how much it sucked me in." - IndieGamerChick.com
You are the captain of the starship Perseus. Aliens intent on wiping out human existence have come, and you alone stand against the horde. Give them Hell, Captain!
Destroy wave after wave of insidious aliens in this intense action arcade shoot-em-up. Unlock insanely powerful weapons and use them to send the enemy host into a fiery grave.
Intuitive, precise touch controls
Four intense boss fights
Procedurally generated levels for infinite replayability
Game Center leaderboards
What's New in Version 1.1New features:
Expert risk mode - Double points when flying with no shields.
Wave number shown on game over screen.
The "green orbs of death" on the fourth boss fade faster.
Purple ships don't spawn below the player at level start.
Longer invulnerability on level start.
Stuck buttons prevented on upgrade screen.
Sound effect on player death.