We’ve come a long way, to be able to hold an arcade game in our hands. Remember Galaxian, the classic? Or the Raiden series? (People who still go to arcades should know what these are; Google them to refresh your memory.) These are basically what zhe yu’s new iPhone app, GeoGeo Wars, is like. Like all other space shooter games, you’re expected to defend yourself by flying around and destroying the enemy–in this case, they’re called geometry invaders, a theme that is cleverly integrated and used throughout the game–check out the shapes of the enemies.
There are over 15 levels to play in. Once you start the game, you can choose between two ships, the Apollo and the Endeavor. The former fires quickly, but causes low damage; the latter fires slowly, but causes high damage. Things are more fast-paced if you choose the Apollo, so you should try that if you’re looking for more excitement. Then you’re asked to choose your finger size, which is evidently important because you’re going to be steering your spaceship with one finger. What’s great about GeoGeo Wars is that the spaceships auto-fire and auto-upgrade (both ships and weapons), do you really don’t need to worry about anything but dodging and steering with your finger on the touchscreen; even better, there are levels where you can shoot in all directions, not just in the vertical. You get three lives, and there are nine power-ups that you can collect by running into them. And if you prefer a blank black background, you can turn off the scrolling space background by pushing the H in the lower left-hand corner.
This iPhone game app is easy to use: pretty much all you need to work it is a single finger. What it is not is easy on the eyes. Play it for long enough, and it’ll be to colorful enough to fulfill every American’s Fourth of July need for fireworks to epileptic spasm proportions. There seems to be a different color for every sort of fireball, bomb, or debris, which makes for a confusing landscape when you’re trying to navigate (things get really interesting when you Power Up). And speaking of confusing, while the instructions are simple, the introduction pages could use a real clean-up (spell check works wonders, people). The graphics themselves are great and the physics are excellent, though; the planes stick to your finger like glue, and the bulging effect on the graph paper background each time you pass over an area is especially neat. That said, there really is no need to have such long wait times, both to get to the start menu and to retry a level/get to the next level. The whirling box of graphic excellence is amusing and cool for the first couple times, but it gets annoying when you just want to play. Give this app a try–especially the lite version–if you want some flashy, fast-paced excitement and miss arcade games.
Here is a video demo of the GeoGeo Wars app on the iPhone
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