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Sinister Planet

by Neolithic Software
Rated: All Ages

Price: $1.49
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Latest Updates

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.

Features:

* 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.

Gameplay

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?

Comments:

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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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. I just dont get the controls. One person wrote that is was controlling a ship on ice and they were right. Lots of slipping and sliding. Perhaps that was the intent in order to make the game harder. I dont know - but its irritating. I have a ship with good firepower but no way to control it cleanly. The other problem is lack of instructions. For example in battle mode where I can spend my points for upgrades - I dont really know what the upgrades provide. One item is "boosters". Well if the controls only go one speed why would I want boosters? Seems like I am missing some understanding somewhere. I played this on a tablet and the details of the game ( i.e. shields, gold, etc ) is way too small to see. Also the dotted font on a tablet is hard to read. I also had 4 "Force Closes" in the course of the game. They all occurred in the high score section where one puts in their name.

After I wrote the above review I installed this game on a smart phone. The game play was much better. I am able to control the ship a little easier. The on screen items ( radar & shild strength, etc) are easier to see. There also seems to be less items on the screen than when using a tablet. The game fonts are also easier to see. I suspect that the game was intended or designed for a smart phone as opposed to a tablet.
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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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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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