Galaxy Conquerors….Giving “Galaga” a run for it’s money….

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Are you over the age of 45? Do you still rock a mullet or wear parachute pants? Do you still toss in a couple of quarters every time you pass an arcade to play the Galaga/Pacman combo machine? Well great news. Raven Castle Studios has released the top down scroller known as Galaxy Conquerors (GC) and it is a ton of fun for all.

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Upon first opening up the app, I was skeptical at what the app would offer. Top down scrollers were big at one point, but it being 2014 I thought that era of gaming was over. Well hours of gameplay later, I realized that I was very mistaken. Always stick to the age old adage that “one should never judge a book by its cover”. The first thing I noticed when actual gameplay begun was that the graphics look great. They aren’t mind blowing, but they certainly do a great job portraying all of the action that goes on on-screen. If you haven’t played a top down shooter you should know that your ship normally has an auto fire that constantly shoots. While shooting enemy ships, power ups will drop; these power ups are useful and sometimes necessary to complete the level. GC does a great job of adding a wide variety of enemies to defeat as well. Throw in missions that require you to transport ally ships and face intense bosses, and you have a marvelous game that will keep you busy for hours.

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If your worried that this game might be to easy, don’t be. As you progress through the storyline and play various levels, you will need specific powerups and boosts, to get past the bosses. GC has a unique currency system that works well with the game. When defeating enemies it would be smart to collect any items that you can, some of these will be currency used to upgrade your ships weapons. It is a must to have these in the later levels of the game.

Motions and controls worked pretty well with the gameplay. Unfortunately there were a few times when I swiped my screen and my ship would not go far enough in the desired directions. This only happened a couple of times, and overall the gameplay was very smooth. Also if you are looking for a gripping story, this is not it. (Pretty stinkin’ corny)

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Overall: ****Smart Play****

This is a great version of a modernized top down shooter. If you are having “nostalgic cravings” or are a young gun wanting to play old school, check this game out. It should make many people happy to know that this game does have game center support! This game will entertain for hours.

Naughty Kitties review! If Cats were actually this cool they would be more popular than dogs

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Now I know that by the title alone, many will come in here with guns a’blaze ready defend the rights of cats to the death. But hold on a sec, I didn’t say cats were bad (for heaven’s sake I’m sure I will end up with one soon), they are just not as popular as dogs! Anyways, this isn’t a review about which domesticated animal is your favorite, but instead about a game in which dog lover’s and cat lover’s alike will have a ton of fun.

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Man, game developers for IOS are getting more and more creative now-a-days, and the devs over at Coconut Island are certainly leading the way. Naughty Kitties at first glance seems as if it would be repetitive after playing for a while, however it is far from it. What you have are your kittens, riding on a space ship (pretty normal so far) when all of the for no good reason enemy ships start blasting you down! (I can feel the PETA rage now) Low and behold though, the Kittens have come prepared and start laying the plank right back. In this side scrolling strategy you are given an option of which kittens you want fighting for you by “draging and dropping” them onto the ship from a queue box. Skill and timing are required so that as soon as another kitten is ready to fight you can replace them and they can get to work without any harm being done . Match up kittens of the same type and watch them unleash super powered attacks. This actually becomes more tricky when you unlock more kittens because the queue randomly assigns a type of kitten so you will never know what kind you are getting. Intense boss battle’s will keep you on your toes and leave you feeling accomplished afterwards.

Perhaps the largest surprise for me was the fact that after I was done playing the first tutorial I was given a host of different customization options. (RPG depth) and like any good creepy cat lady, this game had a bunch cats to choose from. Whether it be cats that helped repair ships, shoot machine guns, fire rockets ect. they could all be used at your disposal. (If you have unlocked them) You could buy different ships which each had different perks, you also had a choice of which cat to lvl up as well! Which was certainly tough at times.(Do I want more repair or more damage???) Coins that you earn ended up paying off in a big way.

Though this game was great, it did have a few drawbacks. You basically play on an energy based system. After you run out of “hearts” (use up one per level) you can’t play unless you purchase more with real money, or you wait patiently until your energy is replenished. Now I understand that developers need to make money and I totally agree that they should, I just wish there was a set price for the game, and that if we pay for something, that it would be more content.

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 Overall: ****Pure Genius****

This is a great game! You certainly should take the time to play it and download it! This brings a fresh new experience to side scrolling strategy, and it mixes great with the RPG elements that are added in. For those of you that don’t like kittens I think you should put your differences aside and check out this game! (You will be lost in the fun gameplay to realize you’re playing with kittens)