Face the Space is a vertical scrolling dodge game released by Stefan Hartingher.
“You are a pilot in Earth’s space defense fleet sent to protect the settler colonies on the edge on known space. But your task is not easy, asteroid fields fill the space between planets and an alien virus threatens the colonists. Are you ready to protect them? Are you ready to face the space?”
This game puts you in control of a lone spaceship who’s job is to avoid asteroids and complete the various missions set by your commanders.
Gameplay wise, you can maneuver your spaceship around the screen to dodge the oncoming asteriods. You have a gun on the ship that fires vertically, however, it has very limited fire power and overheats after only a few shots and takes forever to cool down again.
Most of the asteroids are normal and will damage your ship if they hit it, once your shields are gone your ship is destroyed and it is game over.
Some of the asteroids have a special feature: green contains ore and needs collecting, red asteroids have the infection and need destorying and the blue asteroids have ice and can cool your guns.
In the campaign mode, you are given missions and can purchase power ups for the ship with the credits you earn in game.
The quick play is really just a survival mode with you trying to dodge asteroids as long as possible.
The graphics and sound are both reasonable, however, the coloured asteroids just seem a bit half finished with an almost straight line to the green glow.
On the upside:
- A solid dodge game.
- Several different missions to keep the interest up.
On the downside:
- The controls become unresponsive at times, which can be deadly in a game like this.
- Firepower often overheats will no ice to cool them down.
- Lack of difficulty levels.
Overall, this is a reasonable little game, but has nothing that will keep you coming back for long. I think with a few tweaks like difficulty levels and a more fleshed out campaign this could be a good little dodge game. However, with the sometimes unresponsive controls and a unpolished feel in places it just falls a bit short at the moment.
Size: 28.9 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.79