Rocket Ranger is an classic style zolyx game released by Cickgamer.com
Evil aliens, jealous of all the nice things on earth, have invented an Evil Soul Ray Gun and blasted some of your favorite things, turning them into evil monsters! Soccer players, guitars and even delicious burgers have turned nasty and it’s up to you to stop them.
I remember playing a similar game back in my retro gaming days called Zolyx and this game works in much the same way. You are presented with a screen that is “colourless” with several enemies moving around the screen. Your rocket flys automatically around the outside of the area.
The idea is to move off the outside line and grab up sections of the area without being hit by enemies or their attacks. If you grab is successful the area colours in and you are given a percentage of the area captured. When you have captured around 75% of the screen you have won and can move onto the next stage.
Each level gives has its own boss character and often some lackeys, the boss needs to be watched carefully as they can fire missiles towards you.
The game offers single player and a multiplayer option. The single play is split into Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Bronze 14 levels, plus a bonus level if you send a gift to via the crystal online network. You have 10 lives to complete these levels. Silver and Gold are effectively the same levels again with less lives and higher difficultly (percentage needed, more enemies etc.)
The game is control by flicking the screen in the direction you wish the rocket to travel, you can sometimes gain a laser and this is fired by tapping the screen in the direction you wish the laser to fire.
The graphics and sound are both good, with a nice cartoon style.
On the upside:
- Fast and Fun gameplay.
- A good update of a retro classic.
On the downside:
- Some of the enemies are far too active (flying at great speed or firing missiles continually)
- Longevity is a bit of an issue (with really only 14 levels repeated)
- There is Multiplayer (via Game Center), but the three times I tried no-one was available to auto-match against.
Overall, this is an enjoyable little game, it is very much for the casual gamer. The game can be finished on Bronze quiet quickly if you get the tactics right. However, the nagging feeling of “I’ve already done this.” as you try Silver just stops your push to finish it. If the story line could have been continued or tweaked that would have been better. The multiplayer should add longevity if other players can be found. I think with an update or two this game could become a must have, but for now is not quite there.
Size: 19.6 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69