Fireball SE Review
- Fine movement controls with slow-mo options for even more finesse.
- Various arenas for 'Countdown' and 'Survival' let players customize their challenge.\
- Combo system and additional 'bombs' encourages risk vs. reward strategies.
- Extends the 'Pacifism' style of gameplay, but still quickly feels repetitive; Orange/blue visuals don't help with the monotonous atmosphere.
Fireball SE's passive-aggressive style of gameplay is executed with near perfection thanks to its smooth and finessed controls and various methods of destruction.
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Back when everyone and their best friend were playing Geometry Wars, I found the 'Pacifism' mode of Retro Evolved 2 to be my absolute favorite. All of the over-the-top twitch-based shooting was shelved to make way for skillful piloting as you balanced along the fine line of risk vs. reward. Fireball SE by Luke Schneider takes a crack at the same formula, albeit with some fresh twists that will have you risking more than you can handle.
Players can choose between either a fixed or floating virtual stick to move their tiny fireball - that's about it when it comes to the controls, although precision with which you can dictate your movement is incredible and something that immediately reminded me of iOS classics like Tilt to Live. This is also apt as the game's enemies are nominally small, fast and ready to swarm you, but you have two tools at your disposal to take care of them permanently. If things get hectic you can even double-touch the screen to enable a temporary slow-down mode that's smooth and exhilarating to use when you're completely cornered.
Bombs randomly scatter themselves around the level and players can either dive right in to them to cause an explosion, killing anything near you, or better still, swing nearby a bomb, lighting its fuse and catching even more enemies as they follow in your wake. Should you catch another bomb in the explosion, it too will explode and if you manage to catch 50 or more enemies in a chain you'll spawn a super-bomb that can be saved for even bigger combos.
There are other larger, slower enemies and several weapons to make use of (beware of the black-hole as you can also be sucked in), but it's the variety of ways in which the basic game is presented that makes this a great pickup for fans of skill-based Arcade titles. They break up in to 'Waves' - a mode that challenges you to reach a specific target before upping the challenge; 'Countdown' - survive as long as you can for 3 minutes, racking up large combos in one of 5 customized arenas; and lastly 'Survival' where the only thing that counts is how long you stay alive (also sporting 5 arenas with a unique mix of enemies and challenges).
Fireball SE does a great job of adding complexity to an otherwise simple premise and for those after something fast, furious and fun, it will fit the bill perfectly.
DescriptionStep into an intense action game where you'll need to use all of your skill, speed, and wits to keep out of reach of swarms of deadly enemies. It's not as easy as turning your guns on these creeps, because your little fireball doesn't have any weapons to call its own. The bad news is that you don't have a lot of room to maneuver in these crowded arenas. The good news? Someone has conveniently left a bunch of mines laying around. Time things just right and you'll have some beautiful fireworks to enjoy.
The bigger the explosion, the more enemies you'll take out at once. Rack up a big enough combo and you'll have access to the powerful Supernova strike. In a pinch? Use your Meltdown ability to slow down time and give yourself a chance to make a quick escape. Take on 8 increasingly tough waves of nasty aggressors in Waves Mode, head over to the Countdown Mode and see how high of a score you can earn in 3 nail-biting minutes, or take on the ultimate challenge in the endless Survival Mode. Multiple difficulty settings give you control over how much heat you want to face. It's a blast!
Intense Action: Dodge and weave your way through massive numbers of enemies set on destroying you!
Big Blasts: Set off mines at the right moment to create devastating chains of explosions, taking out dozens of baddies at once and pumping up your score!
Go Supernova: Build up a big enough combo and you'll gain access to the Supernova, a huge bomb that can instantly turn the tide!
Master Time: Use your Meltdown ability to slow down time and make a narrow escape from your pursuers.
Multiple Modes: Take on increasingly challenging waves of foes in Waves Mode, maximize your score in the timed Countdown Mode, or stand strong against endless enemies in Survival Mode!
Choose Your Difficulty: Every mode allows you to set the difficulty, allowing you to choose whether you want a more relaxed challenge or an intense white-knuckle experience!
Fireball SE - GameClub is playable for free, with some sections and features available only to subscribers of GameClub, an optional auto-renewing monthly subscription which also removes ads. Besides the GameClub subscription, there are no other in-app purchases in this game.
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- Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. No charge will be made for the free trial period.
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
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- You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by going to your App Store account settings after purchase.
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable
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