Velocispider is a wave based shooter and is released by Retro Dreamer.
The game puts you into an araknasaur, part spider, part Velocirapir.
The basic idea of the game is that the evil CEO of the Robot Seafood Corporation has come to your planet and wishes to eat your delicious eggs. In his attempts to steal the eggs he sends wave after wave of robot attacker to grab them.
Velocispider has twenty waves of shooting action, with each wave lasting generally a few minutes. However, if a boss is involved the level will continue until you or the boss is destroyed.
Along the way though the lives the robots will drop extra lives, points or a firing power up (split shoot, twin shoot or rapid fire.)
The game is controlled by tilt controls to move left and right, the Velocispider automatically fires. If you hold the screen then your shot will power up to a much larger shot, depending on the time held.
The biggest issue I have with the game is difficultly of both defending the eggs and killing the robots on some of the levels. Some of the levels are very difficult indeed, and you may find yourself playing them several times until a random power up manages to turn the battle for you. The power ups also have the annoying habit of dropping as the wave is leaving the screen and then has run out by the time the wave is re-entering the screen.
The graphics and sound are good. The retro style works well for this game.
On the upside:
- Fast and generally fun shooter
- Good bosses and varied aliens.
On the downside:
- When you are hit, you cannot fire, but become shield. However, you can be trapped in an attack and unable to escape within being hit again or letting an egg be stolen. Some shoots are unavoidable due to the mixing of attacks and robot waves.
- Success sometimes depends on a random short term power up.
- Boss battles are long.
- Longevity, I reached the level 20 after about two hours of play.
Overall, this is a good shooter, and could have been a great shooter if not for the minor annoying issues with the game. I really like the retro style and the mix of shooter and defence, which make the game hard to put down. I hope with an update fixes some of these game play issues can be addressed. I believe if more levels are added to the game and the difficulty of some levels are tweaked (7, 10 and 20) then this game could become a must have shooter.
Size: 3.8 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.59