Flare Elite Review
- Great unique control system.
- Classic 90's arcade feel. Atmospheric soundtrack.
- Backgrounds can feel sparse despite their variety.
- Light-weight on the special effects.
From its aggressive enemies to its unique control set up, Flare Elite balances gameplay with effective controls to make a fun shoot'em-up that's great for touch devices.
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With some controls taking over most of the screen to ensure they're accurate it's nice to see that Flare Elite, a new vertical shoot'em-up by Firi Games has tried to solve the problem of quick responding, natural controls with their unique setup.
Flare Elite is a modern take on the shoot'em-up, giving players the option to upgrade weapons outside of combat and the choice of what weapon they take in to battle once they're unlocked. Avoiding enemies and incoming fire is a snap with their unique control system that uses sliding bars on the edge of the screen that only take a little while to adjust to. Agility is paramount to your survival as the regular 'bullet hell' style is replaced with aggressive enemies that easily knock energy off your ship, but this can be easily replaced by absorbing energy left behind by enemies forcing players to always be on the attack.
The art and music is kept basic and has a nostalgic charm for fans of classic Amiga and early PC shooters. The standard game 'menu' is also replaced with a 3D stylized galaxy-map that shows your progress over the 13 available missions. Music can be replaced by iTunes, but then you'd be missing out on the equally classic soundtrack.
While not visually stunning, Flare Elite is an excellent vertical shoot'em-up that feels at home on a touch device thanks to its control setup. There's enough of a challenge for hardcore fans to enjoy, but even new players will quickly grasp and enjoy what's on offer.
DescriptionJoin the Flare Elite in this action packed space shooter. Flare Elite significantly innovates on the genre, with features that have never been seen before.
LENGTHY CAMPAIGNS WITH STUNNING ACTION
The game contains three lengthy campaigns of varying difficulty, totaling to 13 challenging missions and providing hours of gameplay. Five different upgradable weapons and other ship add-ons create countless ways to play through the game. Each mission is filled with action and plenty of explosions.
Four original retro music tracks are included that match the action perfectly. They will be stuck in your head long after you have stopped playing.
GORGEOUS STAR MAP
Forget about those boring mission selection menus of other games. Flare Elite features a gorgeous touchable Star Map to navigate to your next mission, or to just leisurely float around in space.
For more information, visit http://www.firigames.com/flare
What's New in Version 1.1This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
The first ever update for Flare Elite! Originally released 7 years ago and running on every iOS device ever made, this update adds support for 64-bit devices and larger screen resolutions.
We also updated the control scheme to match the one used in Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, increased the frame rate to 60FPS and improved the texture quality of certain textures that were particularly bad in the day. Everything else is unchanged, the gameplay is as action packed and merciless as it was before. Enjoy.