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App description: Planet Wars is a top-down alien shooter with unique hand-drawn graphics, exciting action & strategy gameplay and completely customisable weapons!

Simple customisable controls make the game easy to pick up and play.

Play through the 10 mission campaign, with beautifully illustrated graphic novel style story panels. Missions range from offence to defence missions- upon which you can build a base to stop the alien horde.

There is also a survival mode with 6 maps, where you destroy wave after wave of incoming aliens. Compete with local and global (gamecenter) high scores.

Earn in-game money with every battle you fight, or even achievement you earn. You can spend on upgrading your weapons by buying different components. There are 7 different upgradable parts, this means you can completely customise your gun and armour to suit your style of play.

There are over 70 different items and components in the game with which to do this; including 17 core weapons which range from standard rifles to flame-throwers and rocket launchers: Make a fast firing sniper rifle with exploding rounds, or a deadly powerful shotgun with a bayonet for close encounters!


-Main 10 mission story-driven campaign, narrated by graphic novel style illustrations.

-Over 70 items/components with which to customise your armoury.

-6 Different survival maps with GameCenter high scores.

-27 GameCenter achievements which earn you in-game money.

-A mixture of action and tower defence style gameplay.

View a trailer here: http://vimeo.com/31478498

gunxsword's comments:

Video: http://vimeo.com/31478498

Seems like a wicked combination of tactical team based shooter and tower defense plus equipment upgrades and customization!

11-07-2011, 07:31 AM
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Video looks great... Gonna have to snag this!

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11-07-2011, 07:50 AM
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Big complaint; your character constantly stays under your thumb... Making it hard to see exactly where he is.

Other than that, seems fairly decent for a buck... But that one issue is kind of a biggie. Having your character right above your finger would be great...


The second control scheme helps a little... You don't need to have two fingers on the screen to shoot, so your character can be moved by touching the left side of the screen, then leaving him there by letting go... =o/

Sorry for not checking that out first...

There are two modes, nice of customization of your gun... Nice spider aliens to kill... Fun fun.

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Last edited by syntheticvoid; 11-07-2011 at 08:04 AM.
11-07-2011, 01:56 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
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This looks pretty cool, really like the video. Any more gameplay impressions? I'm thinking of getting this, but wouldnt mind seeing more reviews.
11-07-2011, 01:58 PM
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Thx Synth! I waz just about to jump in and buy the game! (still going to!)

I'll leave my impressions soon.

Guess I can put my stylus to good use for this game
11-07-2011, 02:03 PM
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I really think a virtual joystick would do wonders for the gameplay... but aside from that, earning credits for parts is relatively easy, and you get to keep the credits you earn when you die, so if you get stuck, you can just keep playing until you have enough $$ to get a couple better parts.

But another control scheme is (imo) needed.

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syntheticvoid (please say you're from TA)
11-07-2011, 02:25 PM
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Just played the game.

Negative first: the control scheme is weird in a bad way. The character moves directly under your finger on 'first touch' (like some poorly made bullet hell/ shmup). This will will cover up the entire character and prevent you from seeing the rather nice animations. Another point, it's sometimes necessary to switch fingers for movement and shooting when your character moves to the other half of the screen.

Besides the rather inconvenient control scheme, the game from what little I've played is a mixture of excellent animation + art and tactical shooter (haven't touched on the TD elements yet).

The graphics have a very strong comic tone to it, from the color to animations. In a way, everything has a paper look to them. The animations however, are by far the highlight of the graphics. It's detailed, and varied. Enemies die in different ways, sometimes snapping a leg but still alive or splitting apart with a satisfying 'crunch' sound. Also, need I mention fluids flowing out of dead enemies?

The gameplay with better controls can be very interesting. The game is not a run 'n' gun shooter in that your character moves in a limited pace and needs to consider out moving enemies and other elements of combat.

The upgrade system is also pretty fun, and really does incentivize replay. Killing things give you points that can be used to obtain upgrades or special abilities (with cooldowns), which there are many.

Anyhow, I'll be spending more time on the game and see what I can do to contact the devs! (if you need to know, I asked for Chaos Rings style virtual dpad)
11-07-2011, 05:50 PM
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I'll be bookmarking this thread because it seems like mixed opinions. So many retro games coming out today omg.

Waiting for: Airborne Troopers, Mini Motor Racing. Minisquadron 2, Tweetland, Car Jack Streets 2, Drive Forever, Turf Geography Club, Junk Jack!!
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11-07-2011, 07:18 PM
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I've been having fun playing this game but like everyone else has said the controls could use some work. I personally would love to see dual stick shooter controls. Overall this game is still a lot of fun with different weapons, weapon add-ons, and extra team members to purchase which really keeps bringing me back. This game is well worth the $0.99.
11-07-2011, 07:48 PM
Joined: Aug 2011
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Hello folks, it's the developer here.

Thanks for trying my game, I'll definitely try to take your suggestions on-board.

The controls seem to be an issue, so I'll look into making a virtual joystick system for the next update.

I'm also aware of some minor bugs here and there which I'm working on. There's already a small update coming in the next few days which should sort out the gamecenter connectivity issues, and also syncs the achievements with gamecenter.

In the meantime, here are some promo codes:

Last edited by colej_uk; 11-08-2011 at 07:18 AM.