Beyond Space Review
- Tight dog fights
- Customisable controls
- Good range of ships and upgrades
- Awful voice acting
- Dreadful story
- Made our iPhone 5S uncomfortably hot
Beyond Space puts all of its eggs in the wrong basket, focusing on it hackneyed story rather than its enjoyable combat.
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The game which Beyond Space wants to be and the game which Beyond Space actually is are two entities light years apart. Developer Bulkypix clearly intended to make an expansive space drama filled with intergalactic and interpersonal conflict. What they actually made was a good space shooter, weighed down by an overly verbose story and horrible voice acting.
Max Walker, the star of Space Beyond, is an unfortunate soul. Despite being a talented fighter pilot, he is the ugliest man in the galaxy with nonexistent interpersonal skills. This is never directly stated, of course, but the horrible 2D character art, stilted voice acting, and dreadful dialogue fill in most of the blanks.
Max is not the game's only charm vacuum. Most of the characters and dialogue suffer from the same lacklustre voicework, padding out cut scenes that add nothing to the actual game. Between every mission, and halfway through many, the action pauses as the overblown story plays out in toe-curling fashion.
It's a shame, because when Beyond Space abandons its misguided attempts at being an epic space odyssey worthy of Kubrick himself, it reveals itself as a good space shooter.
The combat sections, which involve piloting a starship through hostile space, are incredibly responsive, offering a good range of configurable controls for all players. Vast and attractive arenas offer a host of objectives, most of which revolve around fast-paced dogfights that utilise all of your ship's manoeuvrability, thrusters, and weapons. The only ability conspicuous by its abscence was a brake control, leaving us rocketing past enemies we were pursuing rather than sitting on their tails.
Starting with a single craft, you quickly unlock multiple upgrades and a host of new fighters. While these can be purchased through IAPs, each completed mission unlocks plenty of new upgrades to keep you advancing and interested without the need to invest.
Beyond Space's 16-mission campaign offers more than enough of the good stuff to keep you coming back. You just have to ignore all the fluff around it that detracts from the overall experience.
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Compatible with iPad 2 and up, iPhone 4 and up and iPod touch 5th generation – WILL NOT RUN ON EARLIER DEVICES.
A BREATHTAKING SPACE ADVENTURE
Beyond Space is a cutting-edge 3D space shooter game that immerses players in the darkest plots in a similar vein to the best Space Operas.
Scores of planetary systems, nebulas and asteroid fields to explore. Fully detailed 3D Graphics, mesmerizing, beautifully painted spacescapes, spectacular special effects, and rendered glows, lights, sun flares and reflections.
All of which intensified with an ambient yet dynamic soundtrack and great sound effects.
You are Max Walker, a spacefaring adventurer and pilot-for-hire, who gets drawn into a galaxy-spanning conflict.
AN EPIC SPACE ODYSSEY WORTHY OF THE GREATEST HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS
Our journey begins when Max Walker starts a contract with the Alliance of Planets and immediately gets drawn into a galaxy-spanning conflict.
His mission will take him beyond the reaches of space, while fighting many different opponents and meeting pirate overlords, scheming politicians, deceitful allies and ambitious leaders – all entangled in a space epic that will change the face of the galaxy.
Dive into this original story with its rich and captivating storyline localized in English with English actor-voiced dialogues and cutscenes.
TAKE CONTROL OF POWERFUL SPACEFIGHTERS
Aboard your ship, show off your pilot skills with barrel rolls and boost jumps, while keeping a close eye on your "Incoming" warning system and shaking off tailing enemies and guided missiles...
Unlock a great variety of ships in the Hangar and select your weapons, shields and afterburners among the dozens of items to create thousands of possible combinations… to face any situation.
Enemies in Beyond Space are smart and characterized by their AI. Different units perform their own battlefield tactics. Fleet Squadrons will gather to strike, whereas pirates will act in a more disorganized manner… making them more unpredictable.
Advanced AI with an adjustable difficulty level to keep all players on their toes.
What's New in Version 1.1- Stability fixes for iPadMini device
- Improved graphics performance for older devices
- Improved visibility for "Unlock now" button in equipment section
- Fixed displaying missing characters : "œ" in French font
+ Added progress indicator when buying In-Apps
+ Added displaying price on query message box for In-Apps
- improved main menu appearance
- increased minimum iOS version into 6.0