Space Guard: Blast Your Way to a Cleaner Galaxy


Price: $1.99
Space Guard
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We’ve mentioned it time and time again, but here at the iPhone App Review, we really enjoy a good arcade game. Anything that presents us with a challenge, as well as a sky rocketing high score roll, is right up our alley. This is why we’re stoked to be looking at Space Guard, RT Development, Ralf Hasemann Software, today.

The application is one of the better blast-and-avoid titles we’ve seen recently. Its controls are simple, the levels are fun, and the potential is never ending. If that sounds like something you could really sink your blasters into, then go ahead and scroll down beyond the break.

Concept and Gameplay

If you have ever played the classic title Asteroids, then you already know what you’re in for here with Space Guard—though obviously on a much larger scale. The app obviously owes a lot of its heritage to the classic arcade game. For instance, it still has you rocketing around a set portion of the galaxy, avoiding debris, shooting enemies, and collecting powerups to make the entire process easier.

That being said, there have been notable improvements to the formula.

Most notably, you’ll get two new things. Firstly, you’ll get gigantic boss fights, as well as a plethora of smaller enemies with unique abilities to worry about. This adds a fair amount of depth to the world, and in turn adds many more hours of gameplay to the total.

You’ll also get local and WLAN multiplayer. And trust us when we say that these games really are better when you play them with others. There’s just nothing like being in the thick of a firefight with a friend, scrambling to beat that high score.

Design and Graphics

Space Guard for iPhone

Space Guard for iPhone

And generally speaking, we also happened to like the way that Space Guard looks. The randomly generated environments (which is every bit as fun as it sounds) are rich and cinematic, while the variation in enemies is also a plus.

We very much appreciated the fluidity of the controls, as well. The physics at work here are precise, but loose enough to still add a lot of arcade-infused fun.

We have our small complaints with some of the sprites—they’re not quite stylized as perhaps a little poorly designed—but on the whole, it’s hard to rib Space Guard considering how fun the sum total is.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, we’re not sold on the app’s price point, either. At two bucks, it’s exactly one dollar higher than we typically like for an arcade game. Then again, you’ll also get multiplayer, an unusual but highly rewarding addition.

In other words, if you’re looking for a new Asteroids-style game to play on the iPad, you can hardly go wrong with both the price and content of Space Guard. There is a free iPhone companion app – “Space Guard Controller” – for Space Guard, that acts like a game panel to control the player ship in Space Guard.

Space GuardSpace Guard requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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