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Sinister Planet

by Neolithic Software
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004IAE62Q
  • Release Date: March 24, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,170 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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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
Sinister Planet

Blast your way through wave after wave of relentless alien hordes and destroy increasingly challenging planets in this action-filled app for Android. Beautifully rendered meteors and retro-style graphics transport you back to the heyday of arcade classics in Sinister Planet.

Mission Objective

Your objective is to attack and destroy a series of alien worlds, progressing toward the ultimate challenge: Planet Sinister. To destroy each world you have to attack the surface and take out the power grid protecting the planet's core. To aid you in your quest, you have the opportunity to upgrade your ship's weapon systems by collecting power-ups (in Arcade mode) or amassing gold (in Battle mode).

Sinister Planet

As you progress through the waves, you will find yourself needing those upgrades as more deadly enemies are introduced. Upgrades available include extra laser pods to double or triple your firepower, ECM attacks (aka Smart Bombs), turrets for 360-degree shooting, and more.

Collect the Gems

To make it through each wave, collect the gems produced as you blast the asteroids out of the sky. Don't worry, the asteroids won't hurt you, but you will face a different challenge--your enemy just loves to grab those gems too. Make sure you reach them first, and shoot them quickly, or they will be transformed into much more dangerous foes.

As a welcome respite from the hard-core destruction, you get the chance to gain bonus points by completing the challenge waves. Aliens will fly in formation around your ship while you attempt to execute a complete wipe-out. It's not easy, but getting the right upgrades will greatly aid your mission. During the challenges your ship gains temporary indestructibility.

"... Neolithic really raised the bar on this one. The environment is beautifully detailed, and your ship looks as though it was pulled straight from a high-budget '80s arcade game, as do the aliens. Animations are smooth, and nothing looks forced or glitchy. There's no two ways about it: Sinister Planet is a genuinely well-designed game." - Ramon Martinez, Droidgamers.com

Note, this app requires Bluetooth pairing permissions for Zeemote joystick.


Technical Details

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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun shooter July 16, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice retro-style time killer July 16, 2011
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I have only tried the arcade mode so far. On the GTablet the controls were pretty responsive while on the Optimus V they were a bit sluggish. The visuals are nice and simple, plenty enough for a top-down shooter like this. You definitely want some screen area to play with tho; it was cramped on the Optimus V. Overall a good game!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where are the lasers? August 5, 2011
By eq3881
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs improvement August 3, 2011
By Storib
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick, fun, retro. July 16, 2011
By S. Byer
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With gorgeous graphics and nice controls, this is one of the best 2d action shooters out there. Just keep a light touch and you'll be fine. The arcade game it seems to be modeled after had controls just like this with move connected to thrust.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better arcade shooters on Android March 29, 2011
By Muppet
In a nutshell, Sinister Planet could be described as a mixture between Asteroids, Sinistar and Galaga. Some of the graphics will look very familiar, though the game has been brought up to date with some cool looking backdrops.

Gameplay-wise, there's more to this than meets the eye. Collecting 'gems' and gold to progress the levels introduces an element of tactics not usual with this genre of game. The ability to upgrade your ship after each level leads to situations where you might hold back on an upgrade until next round, to gain a better weapon. Multiple lasers, multi-directional shooting and 'smart' bombs aka ECM - are some of the upgrades available.

Overall, while the graphics may not match some of the bigger titles on the android scene, they are in keeping with the feel of the game and really add to the overall sense that this is a 'retro' game you might have found in the old arcade halls. If you like that genre of game then it's pretty likely you'll probably enjoy this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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First free app of the Day I decided to download.

Played on Toshiba Thrive 16gb, 3.1 honeycomb.

Screen doesn't rotate (guess because for 2.1 os and up? never used android os before).

First level of play, just kinda watched (no instructions on how to play - the scrolling introduction too fast, and the font is too small).

However, figured out how to shoot. Then got high score screen, entered name wrong - found OK button (game wouldn't let me exit).

It returned to home screen - menu button needs to be held down with one hand, and press exit with the other.

Otherwise, graphics are good, permissions are good, just a bit of a learning curve here (it does need to be tweaked for tablet play).

5 stars for fun, docked one star for the above problems (since they aren't a biggie - but somewhat annoying).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not useful to me.
Published 16 days ago by B. Van Brunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
was free
Published 1 month ago by M. Mccollum
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
it's ok
Published 2 months ago by Joseph c Long
1.0 out of 5 stars MAKE SEPERATE Y-AXIS PANNELS PLEEEAAASSSSEEEE
It is an impossible game and when you shoot you run in the direction you shoot, I mean it's a good game as far as gameplay but it's just so impossible.
Published 10 months ago by Bolivious
2.0 out of 5 stars Only downloaded on a free day
I found this game to be ok. Gets old pretty quick. Good time waster on a plane or waiting for the dentist.
Published 11 months ago by Patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars meh, had nothing else to do
I was sitting in class with nothing else to do, but to download a game to play while i wait for the class to end.
Published 15 months ago by Juan F Mendoza
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Game Ever.
Hey bitches, do not waste $1.49 on this piece of beep. It's really bad and you could lose a very valuable $1.49.
Published 20 months ago by Coolpenguin 7658
1.0 out of 5 stars I dont know
Just downloaded the app because it was free never played it Doesn't look like fun at all. Maybe I should play it
Published on July 31, 2012 by Z. Flores
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun ..but has issues
I liked the game as it was a combination of Galaga and Asteroids. I like all the explosions and the graphics are really good. There are some things that need improving. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by Jack B. Welch
3.0 out of 5 stars a space fighting game
i call this my 2011 & beyound asteroid game...see you had to like asteroids from back in 80's...if u did...then you'll like this!
Published on March 18, 2012 by J. Najuher
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