Retro style games seem to be a nice mix of old graphics and new technology. The concepts are typically pretty basic, but techniques can be very difficult to master.
Planet Assault is a challenging and addicting game for iPhone and iPad that requires you to use an arsenal of bombs in order to destroy planets.
Created by Diggidy, Planet Assault is one game that will probably frustrate you more than once, and keep you coming back for more.
Concept and Gameplay:
The game starts you off with a useful tutorial, but the trickiest thing to learn about the game is how to use your bombs correctly. The goal is to launch your arsenal into the universe and destroy the bases on the planets.
This might sound easy, but obstructions such as asteroids tend to make this way harder than it should be.
If you do manage to successfully destroy a planet in Planet Assault, you can move on to the next level. If you’re lucky enough to have bombs left over, they’ll carryover with you.
Planet Assault is a mix of strategy and pure luck. The game made a little more sense when I learned that additional bombs have to be unlocked either by watching ads or purchasing bomb packs.
I definitely feel like game mechanics are tweaked so that you burn through bombs faster, which is quite a shame because the game has tons of potential.
I struggled just to get past level I, and by the time I started level 2, I only had two bombs left and couldn’t play without wasting time with ads or shelling out money.
There are nine different bombs to choose from, with capabilities ranging from shield destruction to carpet bombing. Most of the battle is getting the bomb to actually reach the planet you’re trying to destroy.
Planet Assault does include a variety of gameplay modes, which is a little bit of a saving grace in a game that somewhat sets users up to fail. The artillery range allows users to hone their skills and practice with each bomb type.
Survival mode ups the pressure a bit so users have to make sure every shot counts. Journey mode is the most immersive of the three and features 200 levels across 8 galaxies.
Survival mode has procedurally generated levels, so it is not tweaked to blow through bombs.
In Journey mode, each level is specifically designed to be completed with the bombs you are provided with for that level.
Planet Assault is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. According to the games page on the App Store, you’ll also need to be running iOS 10 in order to play.
Overall, Planet Assault is a fun and challenging game that has quite a bit of potential.
It’s easy to see that things are excessively difficult so that users burn through bombs faster, but by no means is the game impossible to play.
Planet Assault requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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