An early memory of video games for many people of my generation is Asteroids. The game was so simple, yet so fun and so frustrating. It has remained a classic over the years and there have been many attempts to make it “modern”. Finally a true modern version has arrived and there is much to cheer about.
Meteor Blitz by Alley games gives the old grand daddy of space shooters a total make over and has come up with quite possibly the best shooter on the app store! Amazing graphics… spot on controls… fast/addictive game play… it has everything!
The play is simple. You pilot a ship trying to clear out all of the meteors/asteroids that are threatening the planet. But, while you’re buzzing around doing that you’ve got more meteors and various ships falling towards you and making your life very difficult. The game play is exactly what it needs to be… easy to understand and hard to put down.
The normal mode is the arcade mode where you have six worlds to unlock. Each world looks great and adds a bit of variety in the game. Thought you’re basically just shooting stuff all the time. But, hey, that’s all you did in a little game called Asteroids and it seemed to do all right.
There is also a survival mode where your whole goal is to survive as long as you can. I really like modes like this for quick action fixes and Meteor Blast gives you exactly what you need.
The best thing about both of these modes (and probably in all of the app store gaming world!) is that you can see your global ranking in real time. I was transfixed by this feature. I couldn’t believe how cool it was to just watch my rank move with each hit. I want this feature in EVERY game with a score! This is truly a feature that makes the replay factor of the game much bigger than it really is, and the person who figure it out deserves a medal.
The dual-stick control set up for Meteor Blitz is near perfect. The ship reacts to every little movement of your thumbs instantly. And that’s a good thing because of all the stuff you have to avoid in this game.
I especially love the fact that when you take your fingers off the screen the game pauses. I want all games to think about us poor gamers like this
One little thing I might like to see is the ability to swap out the left and right control sticks. You move with the left and shoot with the right and I like doing it the other way.
What We Liked:
+ Super Stardust HD Clone on the go!
+ Real Time Global Ranking!!
+ I’ll say it again, Real Time Global Rankings
+ Amazing Graphics
+ Great Controls
+ Pauses when you take your fingers off the controls
+ Almost no load times
+ High production value from beginning to end.
What We Disliked:
– Achievements are there, but pretty weak. Could be more creative
– Can seem a bit repetitive (but most games like this are)
– Could use more weapons
– Can’t swap out the control sticks
I really can’t imagine a better update for Asteroids. This game has just about everything you could want in terms of pure playing enjoyment. The controls and music are great and the videos is even better. And who ever decided to put in the “live world ranking” feature deserves a medal… this game is a blast, and then some!