Pew! [iPhone, Games]

Pew! is a retro arcade shoot'em up inspired by the good old classics and developed by Cyrille Dessigny. Caught between mario bros and space invaders, your task is both to take out the enemies and collect gold coins giving you buying power to upgrade your ship and weapons. The game starts with your ship having minimal arsenal and for many seem very underpowered. Taking out the enemies can be somewhat frustrating as you are waiting for your ship to fire. Once you have played the first level, and got enough coins (valued around 11pts each) and most probably have already moved onto level two where points are doubled, the game really starts. The firepower is greater, your ship more protected, additional combos earned, new weapons attached and by the time you reach level 8, you'll be thinking Space Invaders Infinity Gene rather than the original classic. The transformation in game is awesome, somewhat quick, having finished the game in about 1.5-2 hours, it is nevertheless a wonderful experience. All of this is of course complemented with consistent and quirky vector graphics with effects you won't find in either versions of the classics. The explosion effects are fantastic, chiptune by Magnus 'Souleye' Pålsson even better, once you pick it up you won't put it down until you are done. My only comment is that once you have finished the last level, for which you will need all the upgrades maxed out, it's slightly pointless replaying old levels as you will find your ship way too powerful and takes out all the enemies without much effort (2x rocket launchers maxed out). If you wanted to get more out of the game you are better off resetting and starting again. This of course will not improve your score as the top scores on openfeint are only achievable with maxed out weapons which means the gameplay does not require much effect. All in all, this is a great game and for $0.99 a bargain.

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