TouchMyApps » privateer http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 Galaxy on Fire in Review – In space no one hears you scream… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/02/galaxy-on-fire-in-review-in-space-no-one-hears-you-scream/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/02/galaxy-on-fire-in-review-in-space-no-one-hears-you-scream/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2009 14:19:42 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16984 …which is quite convenient since it’s highly unpopular to annoy your neighbours. This is especially true when they are a bunch if unfriendly aliens with big spaceships and the criminal energy of a entire drug cartel. Now, take into consideration that you just left the military and have only a handful of friends and a … Read more]]>

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…which is quite convenient since it’s highly unpopular to annoy your neighbours. This is especially true when they are a bunch if unfriendly aliens with big spaceships and the criminal energy of a entire drug cartel. Now, take into consideration that you just left the military and have only a handful of friends and a tiny spacecraft to defend yourself; you will see why it’s a wise move not to upset the neighbours. That is Galaxy on Fire in a nutshell.

Too bad that your character isn’t exactly cut from diplomat wood. Working now as a mercenary you might get the feeling he is not as happy as he used to be. His tendency to take on whatever mission comes along with lines like “a suicide mission. Count me in”, help paint his colourful back story.

The plot gets on in intermittent dialogue sequences which drift in between missions and sometimes over the radio whilst a mission is underway. While the story is pretty common SciFi fare, you’ll still get interested in what becomes of your character.

Galaxy on Fire is is best described as an accelerometer-based Space Sim. Those of you who can remember the Wing Commander series will find them self at home right away, though gameplay is simplified into a mix of action, and action! Fans of the genre will miss some common features though, like energy and shield management. However, Galaxy on Fire’s intelligible system means that you only have to worry about what type of weapon and shield generator you install in your ship and then just go out and fire away with everything you’ve got.

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Between missions you can enter the hanger, buy new ships, or components for your existing one. Here you can also sell cargo which you looted from fallen enemies. The developer put a little economy based minigame into this too. Every station has a different technology level which affects how much money you can get for your various cargoes and what systems are in the shop at which prices. This is not a full blown economy simulator, but it gives the game a nice gameplay boost.

For the first hour, this is not so important since you are tied to one story line, but once you finish the 13th mission, you are free to explore the galaxy and take missions at your leisure.

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The accelerometer controls work really well and are the best spot-on controls I have seen in this type of game, but for the unconvinced, there is a virtual pad which can be switched on at any time from the options menu. There, you can also calibrate your default holding position when playing via tilt controls.

When you first start the game you are asked if you rather have the beefed up graphics for second gen iPod Touchs or iPhone 3GS models. But even with the high settings this game runs quite good on a old 2G.

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And for the quick bus rides you can choose the survival mode. Here you will be set against wave after wave of steadily thickening enemies until you lose – a classic mode which great fun fror those shorter gameplay sessions.

Conclusion
I have looked for quite some time for a game like Wing Commander and this is as close as it gets on the iDevice. The sound is good and the graphics are superb. Controls are easy to get into and hard to master but always fun to play. The story is enough to keep you interested throughout the game but could use some more depth. What the game is missing entirely is a multiplayer option. While online and local multiplayer may be too much to ask for, it is a bit disappointing that there isn’t at least a online highscore for the survival mode. I sure hope multiplayer is something that will be added via a patch or at least in Galaxy on Fire 2 (hear me FishLabs?).

This game review was brought to you by TouchMyApps contributor Sascha.

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App Summary
Title: Galaxy on Fire (V 1.1.3) Developer: Fishlabs
Price: $4.99 App Size: 17.2 MB
  • Great controls
  • Superb graphics
  • Interesting character you grow to like
  • Wing Commander in your pocket
  • Too few weapon and ship systems
  • No energy management
  • No Multiplayer support

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Space Trader in Review: Light Years of Potential http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/16/space-trader-in-review-light-years-of-potential/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/16/space-trader-in-review-light-years-of-potential/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:52:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=6945 Elite broke ground and Privateer sunk its teeth deep into the pockets of Space Trader fans around the world, but for the younger gamer, Freelancer and the X series will probably be familiar trader landmarks. Kechbs Software‘s Space Trader is the first of the genre to explore the App Store. Gameplay and Presentation Space Trader … Read more]]>
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Elite broke ground and Privateer sunk its teeth deep into the pockets of Space Trader fans around the world, but for the younger gamer, Freelancer and the X series will probably be familiar trader landmarks. Kechbs Software‘s Space Trader is the first of the genre to explore the App Store.

Gameplay and Presentation
Space Trader is as simplistic in sound and graphics as can be. The 2D graphics are colourful but very low detail and sound is a series of beeps and boops. However, gameplay is smooth and features a mix of proprietary menu graphics and iPhone OS GUI effects which are easy to actuate and interface with which make Space Trader an easy to pick up game.

The addition of global scoring is great as this game is meant for competition. Currently, there are only twenty to thirty people who have updated scores, but hopefully this number will soon increase.

Space Trader’s simplistic model works well enough for its presentation but when it comes to gameplay, falls short. For 1.99$, it offers very little while advertising a lot. Each universe is tiny and can be sussed out quickly and sucked dry for its trading utility. There are a handful of upgrades, a handful of items to buy and a handful of planets at which to barter items. It is heaps of fun, but it is way too short with too many bugs and inconsistencies.

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Firstly, the maths are all off. If you have 771 Shields and you purchase 10% upgrade to your shields, your upgrade total should not be 781, but rather 848. Other items are supposed to be upgradeable only once but can be purchased infinately and then there are the fight scenes. Just run away – there is no point in fighting as the loot is worthless and the enemies are exact mirrors of your souped up ship. Finally, the scoring system is not updating anymore.

Conclusion
Though I think Space Traders is fun and addictive, it is too short and full of inconsistent errors or thinking to be worth 1.99$ to all but the most die-hard of trader fans. I have now dedicated over 2 hours into the game and believe that there was nowhere left to go about 1 hour into gameplay. When Kechbs Software can fix the inconsistencies and bugs, this game will be good, but when they can add replayability and true trading/fighting/exploration to the series, they will have a true hit at the App Store that is worth much more than 1.99$.

Space Trader gets an overly gracious Tap from TouchMyApps.

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App Summary
Title: Space Trader V 1.1 Developer: Kechbs Software 2009
Price: $1.99 App Size: 1.5 MB
  • Intuitive interface
  • Smooth & Responsive
  • Extremely Addictive
  • Global Scoring system
  • Inconsistencies
  • Bugs
  • Pointless Combat

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