Superman is a superhero arcade game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“Become Superman to save the city of Metropolis in an all-new adventure for iPhone and iPad! As the Man of Steel, only you can protect humanity with your incredible powers.”
The game is basically a mission based game. You have to help protect the city for Lex Luthor being doing a series of waves to move onto the next stage. You will find yourself flighting Lex’s police, putting out fires, catching robbers and knocking missiles out of the air.
As you would expect Superman is able to fly, do a charge attack (double speed flight) and hit things with his laser eyes, as we as the standard punching when he has landed (which will not be often.) Arrows will appear around Superman guiding you to your next target or objective.
The game offers 18 stages made over of several waves each, so it should take a while to complete.
There are three control methods (Touch, D-Pad and Tilt) to select from, so if you find one is not working for you, you can switch to another.
The high spec iPhones also offers the chance to download HD content (20MB) to tweak the graphics.
I feel like I have played this superman game before somewhere, but after doing some research I still cannot be sure if the engine has been borrowed for another classic Superman game.
The graphics are well done with comic book artwork for cut scenes and then a nice Superman character. The city graphics are a bit basic. The sound is alsp good with the Superman themed sound and effects.
When compared to the iPad version the games plays a bit better and you do not have the issues of getting the app playing, it can work with a few apps open. The only side the iPad wins is when the scene zooms out, the iPad version you can still make things out, but the iPhone graphic become a little bit too small.
On the upside:
- A well designed game with excellent gameplay.
- Fast and fun game.
- You are rewarded by unlocking comic book items as you progress.
On the downside:
- The game does get a little repetitive, after a while.
- Some of the waves are a little too long with a mistake on the last section meaning doing the whole level again.
- Graphics very small when the actions zooms out.
- Not Universal (iPad version can be purchased for £1.99)
Overall, this is a very good game. It is very playable and will keep you coming back over time. Some of the tasks get repetitive, but the game does try and mix up the action so it is not always repeating the same things. Generally an excellent game which is worth a look for 69p, especially if you are a fan of superman.
Size: 12.5 MB (around 32.5 MB with HD content added)
Price (at time of review): £0.69
Link: Superman – Chillingo Ltd