App Review: The Last Rocket

Posted In App Review - By Tariq On Saturday, August 13th, 2011 With 0 Comments

Shaun Inman’s The Last Rocket is a brand new retro platformer that has become my new favorite game on iOS. The fantastic pixel art and awesome soundtrack pair with the fun and simple gameplay to provide a stellar experience.

In this game, you play as a rocket, the last one around. Your goal is to help the computer onboard the ship you’ve been stranded on. You help the computer by collecting gears throughout the different levels as you try to escape the ship before it tumbles into a star. The storyline isn’t the focus though, that is saved for the gameplay. Although you will get different endings depending on how you complete the game, and if you manage to collect all the gears.

The mechanics of the game are quite simple. You tap the screen to launch yourself forward, perpendicular to the platform you’re on. You can tap again while in mid air to flip directions. You’ll use these simple controls to navigate around spikes, exploding blimps, spiky little orb guys, and more as you traverse through the levels. The level design is top notch. The game gets challenging quickly, but it’s not something that will make you tear your hair out. As you get further on, you’ll have to learn to do some juggling to keep yourself in mid air, waiting for a moving platform to land on, or for a torch to stop spitting flames. Many of the levels have secret areas with extra gears and bonuses to find. These areas are marked by perforations in the blue wall outlines.

The Last Rocket is a great challenge in reaction time, and in cautionary measures. It is very much a retro game, so once you’ve finished a level, you won’t get a redo unless you want to start the entire game from the beginning. So if you missed a gear and you want to collect them all, be careful and make sure you’ve checked every corner. For $2.99, it’s a fantastic game that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Download it here from the App Store.

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