If you are in the market for an arcade-style flying and shooting game on rails than ExZeus is the perfect game for you.
In ExZeus, you guide your robot (which is reminiscent of the ‘Transformers’ movie) through five levels. ExZeus features three different robots to choose from- each with varying skill levels for their power, speed, weapon, and armor.
To move your robot, simply tilt your iDevice in the direction you would like him to move. To fire your primary gun (blue balls of energy?), just tap on the right side of the screen. Power-ups found within the levels can upgrade this gun to shoot either three or five balls of energy at the same time.
If you tap on the left side of the screen, you will automatically lock on to the enemies visible on the screen (You can lock on to multiple enemies simultaneously). You then need to tap the right side of the screen to fire the missile which had previously been locked on your targets.
After a while, your laser will charge, and can be activated by holding down your finger on the right side of the screen. If you choose to wait a little longer, your mega laser will charge, which can be activated in the same manner. This is very useful for boss battles, which I will talk about in a moment.
You can also drop bombs by swiping from the top right of the screen to the bottom left of the screen. This was not apparent at first, but after watching the tutorial (Which I should have done in the first place) I figured this out. You can also pause the game by swiping from the bottom left of the screen to the top right of the screen (Vice versa from dropping bombs). This was not apparent at first either.
At the end of a level you have the option to use your gold (which can be collected throughout the level) to buy upgrades. Among these upgrades are various weapon and shield upgrades.
However, before you reach the end of a level, you will have to complete one of the aforementioned boss battles. Because there are five total levels, there are five boss battles as well. These battles are extremely fun, and add a ton of variety (Each boss has its own unique attacks and weaknesses) and replay value to the game.
The most impressive part about ExZeus is in my opinion the fact that the developer was able to make the game-play so perfect. It is very challenging, but is not overly hard or frustrating. The other great part about the game-play is the fact that everything works together so well. The game manages to sport extremely well done and detailed graphics, while at the same time maintaining a silky smooth frame rate with no slowdowns whatsoever (Even with 10+ enemies on screen).
When you die in ExZeus, as well as lives, you have five continues, so just like it says in the app description, it’s like having an arcade machine in your pocket! As far as suggestions go, I have none. The only gripe I had with the original game was the lack of a save feature, but that was added in a recent update.
Overall, ExZeus is an extraordinarily well done and fun game. Its graphics, game-play, and frame rate are definitely enough to justify the purchase. Anyone remotely interested in the game’s concept should give take a look at ExZeus.
– Very fun
– Amazing graphics/great game-play
– Silky smooth frame-rate
– I have yet to find any cons!