As an app reviewer, something I see quite often is apps and games that try to put a unique twist on old classics. This is something that’s incredibly challenging for developers, as old-school gamers like me tend to hold high expectations when a new game tries to take an old game and make it new again.
Astral Fire, developed by Sideral Project, is a fun iPhone and iPad game that puts a modern and mobile twist on 2D shooter classics like Galaga. Offering 50 levels of gameplay and a wide variety of enemies to defeat, this space-based shooter is a true pleasure to play.
Concept and Gameplay:
Astral Fire is definitely one of those games that is easy to play but difficult to master. The game plunges you into the action, which is fantastic for those who would rather get their hands dirty and learn by experience. There’s even a neat background story that explains what exactly is going on and why you’re fighting enemy warships in the first place.
To play Astral Fire, simply move your ship left and right using the arrow controls on the bottom of the screen. You can either tap the arrows or slide your finger across them like a joystick. Pressing the Fire button shoots your ship’s gun, and you can deploy powerups by tapping them as they accumulate on the bottom of the screen. You have a total of three lives at your disposal before the enemy warships win, so be sure to quickly dodge incoming bullets.
Astral Fire allows players to fight their way through 50 levels of gameplay and countless varieties of enemy ships. There are even bosses to defeat, which tests your reflexes to the limit. Overall, I love how Astral Fire feels like a classic game, from the graphics to the background music.
Perhaps my favorite feature that Astral Fire offers is the wide variety of enemy space ships that must be faced. I found that the game doesn’t get too difficult too fast, unlike many other level-based games. Astral Fire is tough enough to be a challenge, yet it’s not impossible if you’re willing to work at it.
Astral Fire also features a dynamic and surprisingly pleasant soundtrack. Many similar games play the same song over and over, forcing users to shut the sound off or disable music in the game. I found the background music in Astral Fire to be very enjoyable and it can easily be endured through 50 levels of gameplay.
Astral Fire can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There’s a free version of the game if you’re still not sure, as well as a browser-based demo that’s available on the developer’s website.
Astral Fire requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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