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Energy Storm for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, there’s nothing we like more than a good old shoot-em-up arcade game. We’re very serious. We love the education applications, the coffee table books, and everything in-between. But there’s nothing we like more than a rip-roaring arcade game. Which is why we’re very pleased as punch to introduce you today to Energy Storm, by developer Vision Factory. The app is a good excuse to go on a long romp through space, shooting anything that moves and racking up the online leader board points. With that in mind, you can check out the review we blasted out: It’s just beyond the break below.

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, Energy Storm is more or less a classic arcade game for the iPhone. It has the player directing a combat spaceship as it zooms across the level in a top-down fashion. Your finger either moves the ship directly, or knocks it about in a sort of joystick fashion. Either way, it’s a barrel and a half of fun, as touching the screen constantly fires out missiles, lasers, or anything else your ship happens to be packing. Enemies appear at the far end of the screen to be disassembled, and there’s no graceful (and no boring) way to go about it. As you scream through the skies, you’ll also pick up a retinue of power ups, additions, and other items that keep the game interesting. And with two difficulty modes, a number of levels, and two additional ships that can be purchased, it’s all one big barrel of fun monkeys. We loved the arcade gameplay, and we’re really quite hard to please when it comes to the genre. So if that counts as a solid recommendation, we could’t be happier about it.

Design and Controls

Energy Storm for iPhone

Energy Storm for iPhone

That being said, we did have some sticky problems with the design and controls. The main menu itself is hardly graceful, while the intertextual menus are just about as bad. We could overlook this, though, but the controls genuinely did bother us: You have to either put your finger over the ship, or move it about somewhere in the lower screen to direct the craft. This makes it very hard to see what’s going on in combat. Likewise, the joystick controls were quite sticky, and the lag often made us inadvertently smack into an oncoming enemy or ship. However, future updates could easily iron this out in a pinch.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, though, as a free arcade game that’s a whole lot of fun, you really can’t go wrong with Energy Storm. If you’re a fan of the genre, or just want something fun to kill the hours with, then why not give Energy Storm a play through? It’s a fun hark back to the glory days of arcade gaming, and if for no other reason, we can’t help but recommend it.

Energy StormEnergy Storm requires iOS 3.2 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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