Space Frontier: iPhone App Written Review
Addictive: It’s the one adjective that all iOS titles shoot for, hoping to pin their players with as much anticipation, anxiety, and desire as possible. And to be fair, it does take a certain quality of game to legitimately hook a gamer. All in all, we’d suppose that would make Space Frontier, by developer Digitalfrog, one out-of-this-world planet construction app for the iPhone and iPad. Actually, it really is one out-of-this-world game, offering a stellar combination of time-based gameplay, complex construction hierarchies, and whacky, off-beat story lines. If you’re looking for a great way to kill some of the morning commute (or an entire afternoon) Space Frontier is a fantastic, bargain-priced option!
Concept and Gameplay
The gameplay Space Frontier is offering is a bit hard to peg down. At first blush, it may appear to be just another Tycoon style title, in which the players must construct buildings, arrange resources, and manage various danger levels to establish massive, profitable towns. And to an extent, this is how Space Frontier works: The game has players terraforming and colonizing various planets as some sort of interstellar Frank Lloyd Wright. However, Space Frontier is far more complex than just simple micromanagement and world building. Players must also leverage various meteorite warning levels, acquire resources, lease buildings, upgrade constructed units to make more residual income, etc. All of this is explained in the (glacially paced) tutorial sequence, but once the reins have been taken off, it’s a madly addictive free-for-all to expand as rapidly as possible. There’s even a timer attached to each level, requiring the player to best a non-player character’s best time for the most possible earnings.
At the end of the day, we really can’t speak highly enough of Space Frontier’s gameplay. It’s rock-solid, and more than just addictive: It’s fun.
Design and Graphics
Best of all, the game itself looks great on the iPhone. Space Frontier reminds us a lot of the old Phantasy Star Online titles for Sega, but this relation is purely aesthetic. The storyline is far from realistic, but with spritely characters, whacky dialog, and a never-ending slew of levels to play through (not to mention a casual play mode) we hardly feel inclined to complain about the character development.
Overall Fun and Value
We’re tempted to say Space Frontier is priced slightly too high—the app clocks in at $3.99 in the App Store—but considering the title comes packed with 40 stages, a staggering number of buildings and upgrades, and a pleasant storyline, we feel the four dollar price tag is justified. If you’re into these sorts of Tycoon-esque games, and want a spacey twist added to the mix, Space Frontier is your new best mate. It’s cheap for the content, and earns a solid recommendation from us here at the iPhone App Review.
Space Frontier requires iOS 3.0 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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