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Sinister Planet

by Neolithic Software
Rated: All Ages

Price: $1.49
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What's new in version 1.92
  • Overhaul of user menu system.

Product Details

Product Features

  • Fight off 25 waves of aliens
  • Battle in every direction with multi-touch 360-degree shooting
  • Play Arcade mode or Battle mode
  • Collect gems as you destroy asteroids
  • Progress to the end-of-level boss and achieve planetary destruction

Product Description

Blast your way through wave after wave of relentless alien hoards. Five increasingly challenging planets to destroy. Ship upgrades and increasingly frantic gameplay will keep you coming back for more! Beautifully rendered asteroids and retro-style graphics will transport you back to the heyday of arcade classics. Now with Zeemote JS1 support.


* 25 waves of aliens

* Multi-touch 360 degree shooting

* Power-ups galore!

* End of level boss to destruct the planet!

* 60fps action

* Global high score system

* Bonus "challenge" waves

* Awards and achievements

* Zeemote support

Mission Objective

Your objective is to attack and destroy a series of alien worlds, the ultimate of which is Planet Sinister. To destroy each world you'll attack the planet surface and take out the power grid protecting the planet's core.

Upgrade your ship

To aid you on your quest, you'll have the opportunity to upgrade your ship's weapon systems, by means of collecting power-ups (in Arcade mode) or collecting gold (in Battle mode).

As you progress through the waves, you're going to need those upgrades as more deadly enemies are introduced. Old-school afficanados will recognise some of the aliens based closly on such classics as Galaga and Defender (take a look at the Pods/Swarmers!). Upgrades available include extra laser pods to double or triple your firepower, ECM attacks (aka Smart bombs), turrets for multi-touch 360 degree shooting, and more.

Collect the Gems

To progess each wave, your task is to collect the gems produced when blasting the asteroids (think: Sinistar). Don't worry, the asteroids won't hurt you, but you'll be faced with a different challenge - your enemy ('Roamers') just love to grab those Gems too - so make sure you reach them first - and beware! Shoot them quickly, or they'll be transformed into a much more dangerous foe (think: Defender). Lose all your gems and you'll have to fight the remained of the waves from 'Witchspace' with nothing but chaotic Mutons attacking from all sides.

Challenge Waves

As a welcome respite from the hard-core destruction, you'll get the chance to gain some bonus points by completing the challenge waves. Aliens will fly in formation around your ship while you attempt to do a complete wipe-out (think: Galaga). It's not easy, but getting the right upgrades will aid your task. During these waves your ship gains temporary indestructibility.


Sinister Planet has been carefully crafted over many months to provide the perfect challenge of difficulty vs playability. As you improve, the game will grow harder to meet your challenge. So far only one player has destroyed the Planet Sinister - may you be the next?


by Mike (October 24, 2010)
This is my all time favorite phone game ever. For some reason it just never gets old. I'm a little addicted (as you can tell from the scoreboard...)

by ste (October 23, 2010)
Well, that's two games worth having...angry birds and THIS! Nice one dev..

by Kramer (October 20, 2010)
Great game, great dev.

Technical Details

Size: 8.3MB
Version: 1.92
Developed By: Neolithic Software
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Open network sockets
  • Discover and pair bluetooth devices
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.1
Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

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A lot of people are saying the controls on this game are bad, I couldn't disagree more.

The controls are simple and clean allowing you to focus on having fun. The graphics are pretty good on my Evo and the gameplay is quick and challenging.

No complaints here, just solid old school space shooter fun.
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If you follow the on-screen instructions, this game throws you right into the middle of the action without the slightest explanation of what the heck you're supposed to do. If you pause the game for help, you'll soon find your SOL. It's almost like they tried to hide the main menu from you. If you go back to the homescreen and press the menu button you'll find your instructions, options, and high-score boards.

The default control layout is silly, forcing you to awkwardly hold your phone at an angle or cover half your screen. If you navigate your way to the options menu, you can change the shooting buttons position to the lower right-hand side of your screen, however that only fixes half of your problems. For some reason, both aiming and propulsion is done from the same joystick, meaning that in order to aim at an enemy... you have to fly straight at them.

Graphics are meant to look retro... but they look like they were actually designed nearly 30 years ago rather than looking like a nice tribute to the graphics of yesteryear. They're also quite bland, excluding the nice backdrop the game has. Music and sound effects are likewise. Retro... yet bland.

The most obnoxious part about this game was that it would not close! I even used the exit button from the hidden menu, but after many minutes had past, the background music was still playing on my phone even though I was now staring at my homescreen. I reopened the app, navigated to the menu, and hit exit again... and the same thing happened; and kept happening until I went to my phone settings and force-stopped the application.

Overall, and underwhelming and annoying experience. If you can get it for free, might as well try it out, but if it's no longer the free app of the day, take your money elsewhere!
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I wanted to like this game. the controls are fine. the ship does stop firing for apparently no reason at times. but the worst part are the enemy lasers. Thin red lasers on a black and sometimes even Orange or red background? with my screen on full brightness I could still barely see them. poor design choice fatally flaws this game, making it pretty much unplayable after the first level. EVO 4g
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Game has excellent potential but needs some refining. Contrary to other reviews, I think the controls are great on DROIDX. However, enemy ships are way too small and in the battle mode (non arcade) why the hell can we not keep upgrades or save progress?
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The bad thing about this game is how hard it is. The great thing about this game is how hard it is. Seriously, this game is harrrd. It's going to take a lot of practice. That's frustrating. But at the same time, if I had beaten it in a week, I'd have deleted it. This game is very re-playable and for a long time, so that's great.

I will say, the controls are not ideal, but what can you do - it's a reality of the platform and the devices it runs on. If action is happening under your steering thumb, you're going to miss it, because you can't lift your thumb to see whats happening because you need to maneuver. So you'll die sometimes because you can't see the baddie under your thumb, or you get under your own thumb and can't see how to get out cleanly without lifting your thumb. Same thing with the fire button, though to a lesser extent since you can move your thumb almost to the corner and it still works.

One other gripe about the controls is that maybe 70% of the times time I come up against a column of bugs in the challenge phase, the gun stops firing for some reason and I have to squiggle my right thumb around to get it to restart. That's the worst possible time because you need to be firing at all times around them to stand a chance of getting your 100% kill bonus.

Also often I hit something but it doesn't die. I see the lasers/bullets go right through something, particularly the Purple Ball of Death. It's very frustrating to die when you know you shot something but it comes through and gets you anyway.

Also the lasers from the Defender-style ships are almost impossible to see unlike the very clear red lasers from the Roamers, so you can get lit up without seeing it coming.
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This game is basically a remake of classic space shooting games, but for its price tag, it's not worth it. The instructions and tips are pretty clear, but everything else lacks.

It all falls apart due to the game's absolutely terrible controls. In the options, you can choose to position the firing pad on the top right or bottom right and the d-pad is fixed to the bottom left. Why the firing pad is defaulted to the awkwardly positioned top right beats me.
The real problem is that you have to use the left bottom d-pad to aim AND control your ship's movement. In order to aim at an enemy ship, you basically have to fly straight towards it and making it extremely easy to crash your ship over and over again. For the brief moment that I actually took interest in this game, I was left extremely frustrated by the annoying controls. The developers should have made the left d-pad for movement only and the right firing pad as both the trigger for shooting and for the direction of shooting.

And if mastering the controls happens to be a breeze for you, then perhaps the plain graphics, boring story line, and the lack of innovation are good enough to drive you away from enjoying this game. The graphics are reminiscent of old-school arcade games, but with today's phone capabilities, I would think the developers could have done a better job; I would really hate to think what this would look like on a tablet. Even the in-game text is annoying to read.

I can understand other reviewers' asking me to take it for what it is: an old arcade space shooting game. But for $2, I think it's an easy decision to pass up on this since it provides nothing new. If you are crazy about those old school games, then I guess this game is for you... if it were free.
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