Earth vs Moon - just awesome fun
Polished gameplay along with a nice dash of humor definitely make this a really good game. Earth vs Moon is a modern take on Missile Command, but with boss battles, a secret to discover, and healing UFOs. Emperor Noom will stop at nothing in his quest to devastate our planet...our planet's defense is in your hands.
If you're familiar with Missile Command, the premise is the same. Defend our planet by intercepting incoming enemy fire with missiles.
The game comes with 3 modes: Story, Survival Attack, and Boss Attack.
Story mode consists of 20 levels and is interspersed with five Each of the boss battles is very unique to say the least. You'll find yourself playing Pong, Space Invaders, and a Sinistar meets Peggle boss with nothing but your missiles. You must play Story mode to unlock Survival and Boss Attack.
Sinistar meets Peggle
Survival Attack is unlocked once you play through 8 levels of Story mode. It is just like it sounds, survive as long as possible against the constant barrage of incoming missiles.
You must play through 16 levels to unlock Boss Attack. Here you get to play against any of the game's boss levels to try and see how quickly you can defeat that boss.
Playing Earth vs Moon is very easy. Tap on the screen where you want to launch a missile or swipe across the screen to send a wave of missiles up to meet incoming fire. You have 3 satellites and depending on the level they will come with a limited number of missiles so you cannot simply fill the screen with random missile fire and hope to win.
Besides missiles, you also have shields and UFOs to aid you in defending the planet. When missiles get too close to a satellite for comfort, click on a satellite to activate temporary shielding. It is imperative you protect your 3 satellites since losing even one really hampers your ability to defend the Earth. Periodically healing UFOs will cross the screen, be sure to shoot them down and heal the scorched planet below.
Your job performance will be rated from 1 to 5 stars and depends on how many missiles you used, if you lost any satellites, and what percentage of the Earth you let get scorched. Lose a level and the people of the Earth will let you know with an "Epic Fail" stamp of disapproval. You will at least need a "Good Job" stamp of approval to progress from one level to another in Story mode.
Earth vs Moon is graphically polished in every detail. The main menu looks like the inside of a space capsule and allows easy access to each of the three game modes and local high score tables. Just poke around and you may just make a hidden discovery . Even the hula girl moves with a flick, and the newspaper articles at the beginning and end of a level have full articles to read.
The sounds are also spot-on including missile launchings, explosions, and earth scorching thuds.
The levels progress in difficulty nicely and can provide a real challenge especially if you are going to try and 5 star each level.
-polished graphics and sounds
-easy to learn game play, combined with challenging to master levels mean that you will have a lot of fun playing the game and trying to win
-boss battles that offer a variety of challenges and not just "defeat this extra powerful enemy"
-local hi-scores, global hi-scores coming in an update
-would love to see humorously named trophies or achievements to add to the fun
-the newspaper print is hard to read, I didn't have any issues with any of the other text such as the tutorial text which was small but very ledgible
-you haven't hit the "Buy" button yet
Definitely recommended if you want a very polished, easy to play, but hard to master game. Earth vs Moon is a wonderful retelling of a classic gameplay theme.
Easily, 5 stars for me.