I should start by saying that I am a big fan of Blue Defense. I love the look and control aspects of the game, and, most of all, for some reason I loved that instead of a health bar you were given the population of your planet and you sadly had to watch it as it counted down to the extinction of your planet.
It made me want to get revenge for each death those Red Bastards had caused. And now, finally I have my chance.
This time, no more Mr. Nice Planet
John Kooistra’s newest game on the app store lets the player leave the planet and take the fight to the Reds. And as you can expect, any game where you have to take your revenge for an entire planet had better be intense. Does Blue Attack deliver on the promise of the earlier game and notch it up a bit? The short answer, Yes. The longer answer, Hell Yes.
You control a fighter set to take out the Red Menace with guns blazing in a top down view of the action. Your blue ship searches through space keeping an eye out for the red ships, which seem more like living/biological experiments than ships. The images of both ships and enemies are very clear and bright, making this game as fun to watch as it is to play.
Controls are sharp and handled either through tilt or swipe modes. I’ve been happy with both and don’t have a favorite yet – which is saying something. Shooting is on a continuous mode (like Blue Defense) so all you have to worry about is aiming your ship into the heart of the bad guys.
Each enemy consists of a core unit with other elements around it that you have to shoot though before getting to the good stuff. Taking out the core will automatically eliminate the rest of the baddy. You can upgrade your ship with bombs and “force” to make it easier to reach the core. Bombs are pretty easy to figure out, they blow up everything they can. “Force” works like any good Star Wars fan would imagine, it forces the extra stuff out of the way for a short time so you can get to the core.
You also have the ability to call on wingmen to help you out, as well as the ability to fly in a variety of formations. I like the way you can send them back to your main ship before they get destroyed so they can repair before coming back out to join the fight. Once I applied this strategy the game got even better, and more intense.
Speaking of the main ship, that’s what you have to protect in this version. You fly around taking out enemies while they attack your base ship. The rules are simple, just keep the base ship alive and take out the enemy.
Graphics are very sharp and the neon like quality of the characters help keep everything crisp and clean. Sound is good, though not overall inspiring, though the song playing throughout does give a “movie” feel to things. One of the really great things about Blue Attack is the detailed tutorial that comes with it. You could actually have a fun time just playing the tutorial. Also adding to the fun is a global wide leader board for both modes of play.
Blue Attack can be played in two modes, Campaign and Infinite. In the Campaign mode you work your way back to the Red Planet taking on the best they have to offer along the way. This mode comes in three levels of difficulty and each can be played in about 30 minutes. The Infinite mode is pretty much what you’d imagine, stay alive as long as you can while wave after wave comes at you.
The upgrade portion of the game is actually pretty deep. You get money (resources) with each enemy you destroy and then can use your gains to make your job easier. The good news is that there is a lot of ways you can go with this. Would you like more wingmen at your side, pin point your aim or steering, increase your bomb or gun strength? You’ll find several ways to upgrade, all of them making the game play a little different each time through.
In conclusion, Blue Attack is a welcome addition to any gaming library. Plenty of action for fans of the genre, enough replay ability to keep it around for a while (John has hinted at more levels being added), and it has the cool look that will make your friends want to borrow your phone for a while. But best of all… I finally have a sense of revenge for all the lives I lost in Blue Defense.
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