Atlantis Sky Patrol Review

By , on August 18, 2009

Atlantis Sky Patrol
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5 out of 5


  • Amazing artwork.
  • Smooth gameplay; OS3 iPod playlist integration.


  • Slowdowns when too many bonus coins appear.
  • No online scoreboards.


The lack of an online scoreboard for a game this good could be a deal breaker for many people,  however, Atlantis Sky Patrol is so good you might just be able to live without a score showing on your Facebook.

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It's hard not to get a little excited when you talk about Atlantis Sky Patrol (ASP), because it's such a good game that you'll want to show it off. ASP is Big Fish Game's response to the arcade marble-match genre and it's large, fun and amazingly hard to turn off.

Unlike a lot of other similar games, there's only one control scheme available. In minimizing the controls, a lot more effort has gone in to ensuring its accuracy and usefulness. The ability to swap your current marble is activated by a shake, but thankfully this can have its sensitivity modified so you're not waving the iPhone around dangerously. Due to the need to drag your firing platform around, fine tuned aiming can be ruined as you release your finger, but it's rarely the reason a level is failed.

ASP sports an art deco style that can get hard to read on small print, but is otherwise gorgeous to look at while playing. Most of the special effects are fairly minimal, but they also make the game much smoother to play. The campaign itself sports 111 levels and with bonus stages every few levels you'll soon have every upgrade for your ship.

The gameplay may be fairly standard as all of the marble-matching games tend to be, but combined with the slick art and the unique mechanic of disabling the waves by matching marbles not on the path creates a fun balance. If you're going to make a marble-game part of your collection, this is the one to get.


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