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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Assyria Game Studio
Developed By: Assyria Game Studio
Genre: Shooter
Players: 1
Rated: 4+
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Screenshots: Link
Price: $1.99
Written By: Marcus Prunty

Spetember 6, 2010 - Shoot'em, Shoot’em, destroy all those asteroids. What do you mean I don’t have any guns? 'Oh my god' ok let us just dodge them all. This is the main idea behind this space flight game for the iPhone. Assyria Game Studio built an Asteroids type game without weapons, however gave us a fast ship with a force field that can be swiped out of the way of the oncoming giant rocks. You get to control a little ship that needs to collect nano-plasma as it tries to save the earth.

Astro Dodge takes advantage of the iPhone’s touch interface In that you swipe your finger across the screen to move your ship, and you use pinch to zoom to get a turbo boost to evade the asteroids and space anomalies that you will encounter on your collecting mission. The hub is simple and easy to read. The top left corner displays nano-plasma balls you have picked up, the top right shows your shield strength, and the bottom right is a map of the area around you. The red on the map indicates asteroids while the yellow indicates nano-plasma. Your shield begins at 100% and will decrease as you run into space anomalies and asteroids. Unlike other Asteroid-based games, you can take quite a bit of damage before you die, but once your shield is gone you can’t withstand hitting anything but the nano-plasma. They are a few pickups you can snag as your picking up nano-plasma you can get a tractor beam, a super shield, and a mass collector.

The graphics are nice for the iPhone, not sure, if they were optimized for the retina display on the iPhone4 yet or not but I think it looks sharp when I played it on mine. It is almost like playing it on a small LCD screen. The music harkens me back to the old school Galaga and Asteroid games as it brings an arcade-like feel to the whole experience. Many people were a bit upset about not having any weapons to use against the asteroids but I found that by being only on defense the whole game; it added to the difficulty and diversified the experience. I am glad they left weapons out of this game and truly made it a game of Astro Dodge and not Asteroids reboot for the iPhone.

Assyria Games does a good job of taking this space flight genre and using the iPhone superb touch screen interface to make this game fun and challenging at the same time. The only thing that can improve upon this is some kind of multiplayer. Maybe put two ships on the same screen or let you challenge someone where one of you plays as far as you can get then the other one plays and whoever gets more nano-plasma wins. It could add to the overall experience. Nevertheless, with a $1.99 price tag I think this is a solid title for the iPhone that I think you will enjoy.


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