Defend Po’Trubia with LastStandStan

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

LastStandStan - GreenBean Services Ltd (GreenBean Games)

 

Price: $.99
Rating:

Stop the invading Sleevils from destroying the wonderful world of Po’Trubia with Stan, a rusty yet determined space robot. With LastStandStan iPhone app by GreenBean games, players take control of Stan and are tasked with defending the skies above Po’Trubia from the incoming Sleevil wave of spaceships. Stan has access to 10 different weapons and special powers to help fight off the overwhelming numbers of enemies, but he’ll need your fast reflexes and skills to take down the Sleevil menace. Face 9 different types of Sleevil units and 4 different bosses in this action-packed, franticly fun sci-fi game for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Controls:

See an enemy, tap the enemy and shoot it with your selected weapon. Alternatively, you can hold down on the screen to fire as often as possible without tapping (just watch your ammo counter!). Enemies take multiple hits to take down and bosses present a special challenge. Tap and hold on Stan to open up the item/weapon menu, giving you access to a better arsenal to take on the Sleevils.
One problem I ran into on my first boss fight (spoiler alert!) was tapping to shoot the incoming missiles, but also accidently tapping my character, thus opening up the weapons tab constantly. This may have simply due to my inexperience, but it was a little frustrating. Thankfully, the game pauses and enemies do not continue to advance when the weapons menu is opened up.

LastStandStan

Graphical Layout:

Last Stand Stan has a totally different graphical style from what I expected, and I love it! It uses what appears to be vector, non-animated backgrounds with animated enemies coming at your robot from a top-down view. The colors, layout and themes fit the game excellently. As an artist, I like the visual direction Green Bean Games took with Last Stand Stan a whole lot!

Sounds:

Explosions, incoming missiles, lasers and more all sound superb on Last Stand Stan. The intro music theme and sounds are great too. My only criticism is with the background music during the actual game play. For me, it sounded far too faint and wasn’t that obvious until I really cranked the sound up high. However, the cool blasts and explosions helped make up for this. Hearing an enemy Sleevil boss ship detonate adds to the visceral iOS gaming satisfaction of Last Stand Stan!

Value:

The Last Stand Stan iPhone app offers two game modes; campaign or survival. Also, a high score and replay of the game’s story arc options are available, all extending the replay value of this unique iOS game. It is fully integrated with the iOS Game Center ready, a definite bonus for those who love the organization and online options of Game Center. Not only that, but there are all kinds of achievements and new weapons to unlock for your character in Last Stand Stan, definitely adding to its value.

Last Stand Stan [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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LastStandStan iPhone Video Demo

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