Dodge Asteroids in The Space Race

Price: $0.99    Score: 5/10    By S. CampbellThe

Developed by Michael Venn, The Space Race is a basic accelerometer-based game for iPhone released last week.

The Space Race challenges you to get through the 5 levels of the game in the best time possible. Meteors of different shapes and colors fly toward your spacecraft, and if your ship is hit by a meteor you’re sent back to the start of that level. The clock keeps running when you get hit so rather than costing you “lives” when you’re hit, it costs you time.

Unfortunately there is no visible difference in the levels themselves so there’s no way to really know when you’re approaching a new level. The only control available to dodge the asteroids is the accelerometer, which allows you to move left to right, as if on a rail at the bottom of the screen. It would be good to see the ability to move back and forward or to shoot some kind of weapon, as the player is commonly put in a position where they can’t possibly move out of the way of incoming meteorites.

Although the graphics are rudimentary, they are not the principal weak point of The Space Race. There is no sound or music either, but the real let down is the gameplay itself which is simply not varied enough to keep you coming back.

The Space Race [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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