Android App Video Review: STAR BLITZ

by Andrew Koziara

Star Blitz is the latest re-skin of Gun Bros to be brought to the Android, by good old Glu Games. The graphics are good and I rather like the new setting, but the gameplay will get repetitive very quickly; especially if you've played Gun Bros already.

When I say it's a re-skin of the exact same game, I mean it. The same exact menus, gameplay, leveling and upgrade systems; they're all the same as Gun Bros. The game is a dual stick shooter, in which you run around, or fly around in this case, and shoot at everything that isn't your AI partner. You can play as either character, and it's only an aesthetic choice between which ship you think is cooler. You can have two weapons equipped at any one time, and you have some emergency power up items to use. As you fight through wave after wave of enemies, you'll get tons of a mineral called iridium, as well as experience for your ship and whatever weapon you use to do the killing.

After finishing an outing, you head back to base. You can convert the iridium into money, either instantly for an immediate 100 percent return, or a delayed conversion process for a higher return rate, depending on the length. You can use that money to buy better weapons, power ups, armor, and other aesthetic upgrades for your ship. There is a currency available through in-app purchases, as well as through special download promotions. After you upgrade your ship, you head back out and face more waves, likely getting a little bit farther each time. The weapons feel a bit different than Gun Bros though, with more laser-based weapons.

This game didn't even work very well on my Nexus One. The buttons were unresponsive everywhere, and often my sticks would get stuck in the middle of combat. The placement of the control sticks resemble that of an Xbox 360 controller, with the left stick being higher. This is terrible, and doesn't feel good at all. Especially when every other dual stick shooter on the planet has the sticks at the bottom. As far as I could tell, there is no way to customize the controls. Also, the sound effects randomly cut out on me as I played, leaving only music. OpenFeint support is included. Also, it makes you think you have to log into Facebook to play, but you can totally ignore that, even though you wouldn't know it by looking at the page. You will miss out on bonus perks for playing online though; your choice. This is a pretty decent game when it isn't being glitchy, because it's based on a better title. The game is available completely for free, so go ahead and download it to see if it works well on your own device.

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