By , on August 14, 2009

  • Publisher: Bitforge
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Released: 13 Aug, 2009
  • Size: 22.5 MB
  • Price: $4.99
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4 out of 5


  • Simple to pick up and play.
  • Multiplayer options with online scoreboards.


  • No support for custom playlists.


Good arcade games have always needed to stick to the motto of "simple to play, hard to master" and you'll find yourself whipping out Orbital in an attempt to beat your own high-score simply because you can't remember how you did so well.

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Orbital by bitforge is self described as a "one-thumb experience". Based on the popular award winning flash game Gimme Friction Baby by Wouter Visser, Orbital delivers a sexy and simple game that will have you hitting "replay" one too many times.

Being true to its tag line, there's only one input required and that's a single finger capable of touching the screen. Players need to tap the screen in order to fire projectiles around the play area. These will subsequently balloon out and become obstacles that will help you to score points or lead to you to your doom.

Visually it'd be hard not to compare it to Geometry Wars, with its neon interface; colorful explosions and warping space-grid-paper background. The music is a mellow, jazzy synth experience, but you probably won't even notice it as you furiously ponder your next move.

Being a game based on an award winning title, it's not hard not to see why Orbital works so well. The simple gameplay and mechanics hides a more sinister addictive side that requires so little to get so much out of it. A definite must for anyone's arcade collection.


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