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Sinister Planet

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

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Latest Updates

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: #21,652 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

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)
    • 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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school space shooter fun! July 16, 2011
By Kealii
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Great game that feels like a cross between Asteroids and Galaga!

Not sure why everyone is complaining about the controls. I thought it was intuitive enough although I could imagine it might be difficult on smaller screen sizes and probably awesome on a tablet.

Played on a Samsung Droid Charge.
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