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STARSTATION: QUIXOTIC [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (77%)

11 Jan

StarStation: Quixotic is a defence game released by CrushCrumble.

“Quixotic (Quick-Sotic) Take command of Earth’s last remaining line of defense against the sinister shenanigans of the accursed Beta-8 Alliance. You command the last remaining orbiting defense platform QXC-01, better know as the “Quixotic” defense station. Outfitted with an 8-way laser cannon system, the QXC-01 is capable of impressive firepower.”

The game puts you in control of the last line of defence for the earth, you need to keep the alien attackers awy from earth dealing with everything they through at you.

Gameplay wise, your space station is positioned in the middle of the screen (unable to move). Waves of attacker will appear and attack the space station, your can defend yourself by firing in the eight different direction the enemy will approach from. The attackers vary in movement, strength and tactics. So ships will stay back and fire, others try ramming etc. Some ships will take only one shot to kill, but others may take several. So there is a tactic to which one you attack first.

Your station also has a laser overheat gauge, if this reachs one hundred percent the weapons will shut down until they cool. So you cannot just sit there firing in all directions at once.

Your space station has a shields, these are depleted when hit by weapon fire or ships/asteroids ramming it. You will be able to pick up items that we bring the shields back up again. However, once the shields are gone, it is game over.

The power ups work well, even lasting twenty seconds, with an on-screen count down. It is a bit of a pain having to take your fingers from firing to pick them up and active them, and I feel that an auto pickup or activation would have been better.

The game is controlled by using one or both of the virtual d-pads and tapping to pick up power ups on screen. The twin pads for firing take a little while to get the hang of, but once you do it really helps the game by having them, especially if you are trying to fire in several directions at once.

The graphics and sound are reasonable, but nothing really stands out.

On the upside:

  • Fast and Fun gameplay.
  • Simple, but great design.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Some slowdown when lots of ships on screen at once.
  • Could do with an additional mode (like a campaign)

Overall, this is a great game for the casual gamer with a few minutes to kill. It is simple and enjoyable to play. I would have liked some way to skip ahead levels or a campaign (just to give the feeling of achievement, rather than just beating my high score.) That said, this is a fun game and worth a look if you like your reaction strategy games.

Rating: 77%

Size: 23.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.59

Link: Starstation: Quixotic – CrushCrumble

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

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