Dark Dot is a vertical scrolling shooter released by Gambit Game Lab.
“Dark Dot is a cute action shooter game with a twist! Your Dark Dots obey your every command to engage the enemy in almost any formation. Do you have what it takes to defeat the forces of the Elemental Planes?”
This game is really your standard vertical scrolling shooter with a bit of a twist.
You control of a squad of dark dot warriors. At the start of the wave you draw around them to put them into formation. This affectly gives you the shape of your “ship” then the near standard vertical scrolling shooting begins.
The formation of warriors moves around following your finger, however, you are able to shrink and grow the formation and even twist it as the game plays, so you will be able to pass through narrow sections without leaving troops behind etc.
Each of the dot warriors fires on their own, at the same time as the others, so if you group the troops close together you have a concentrated field of fire, spend them wide and you can hit multiple targets at once, but not have the fire power to take them out of action.
Along the way you will be able to pick up hearts that will replace warriors that have been killed and multiplayer areas where you need to move your formation across all the circles to active it.
There is a single powerup that allows you to create a huge attack that can help to clear the screen.
At the end of the level you will find a large crystal that you need to attack and take over as your own (destroy it).
The only real issue with the game is as there are no power ups, you need to move and resize your formation to grab the mulitpliers and gain the super power up. As this is an action game as you are doing this you find it hard to move all your warriors away from the bullets coming at them, so you lose warriors and your fire power reduces, making it a slippery slope to having no fire power at all.
The graphics and sound are both very good with the graphics having an interesting artist style.
On the upside:
- A fun shooter.
- The changing of formation adds a litle strategy to the game.
On the downside:
- Repetitive gameplay.
- Crashes a lot on the iPad 1.
Overall, this is a good solid shooter and it works well. If it was not for the crashing this would be a good little game. There is nothing amazing here, but a nice idea that works generally well, but just makes things difficult to get the multipliers which are vital for the end of levels. If you like your shooters it is worth a look, especially if the crashing issue can be fixed.
Size: 19.3 MB
Price (at time of review): Free