Price: $ .99
Space Shuttle Mission iPhone Video App Review
Space Shuttle Mission, by developer Chris Gbandi, is a Flight Control clone iPhone app that offers heaps of fun gameplay at a quality price. The iPhone app will need a few more updates before it’s a recommended offering, but what’s present now is both fun and engaging, making it a steal nonetheless.
My iPhone app review discovered that if you have ever seen the runaway hit Flight Control for the iPhone and iPad, then you know exactly what Space Shuttle Missions has to offer. As you play, space shuttles will fly into the screen, requiring you to safely direct them to a landing strip in the center of the level. To do so you’ll have to drag a path from each shuttle to the strip with a finger. Wherever you put the path, the shuttle will go. If you draw well, it lands safely and disappears. If you don’t, the shuttle will drift off back into space, potentially creating collisions, explosions and a Big-Fat-Fail.
Space Shuttle Missions’ gameplay is certainly nothing new, which isn’t in and of itself a problem. However, the app certainly feels a bit flat, as it offers no new vehicles other than the stock space shuttle and very few improvements on the original. In fact, Space Shuttle Missions is far pickier: Shuttles must be landed exactly on the strip to secure them, which is often problematic as they are frequently unresponsive to touch. However, there’s plenty of potential for future improvements via AppStore updates.
Similarly, Space Shuttle Missions is lacking in art design as well. The app’s graphics are fairly jagged, and the difference between levels is only a flat background. Thankfully the landing strips themselves are well-designed, leaving the gameplay unhampered. That being said, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Fine tuning the graphics and widening the landing strips would be a great place to start, but more levels alone would also be appreciated. All complaints aside, there’s no reason future updates couldn’t correct each of this issues, meaning Space Shuttle Missions is not yet sunk in the water.
At the end of the day, Space Shuttle Missions is a decent Flight Control clone for the iPhone. It offers solid‚ if sometimes frustrating, gameplay that’s no less fun for the app’s faults. There’s still a lot of potential locked inside Space Shuttle Missions, as the core gameplay is undeniably worth the price of entry. But for the dollar the app costs, there are many other similarly-priced options available in the AppStore with better gameplay. However, Space Shuttle Missions is certainly an app to watch, and with a few minor fixes, the game will quickly become the runaway hit it’s so close to being.
Space Shuttle Missions requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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