Hyper Blaster – Shooting With Two Left Feet On iOS

2.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 1.5/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 1.5/5

High quality design | Quick access to power-ups | Unlockable characters and turbo mode

A hassle to control | Controls not designed for an arcade shooter | Repetitive endless structure

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Shooters come in multiple forms with the arcade shooter seemingly being the most prevalent. Hyper Blaster is a new arcade shooter for iOS that is all about blasting away endless waves of black blob enemies. The game style is familiar, but Hyper Blaster attempts to change it up with a one touch control scheme. You simply tap, hold, and drag to fire upon enemies, and then tap again to move to that point. At first glance, Hyper Blaster seems like a dual stick shooter, but instead favors two distinct actions for firing and movement.
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Hyper Blaster offers a simple endless style with unlockable characters, and unlockable turbo mode by reaching certain score thresholds. There’s a 3D voxel art with the color scheme changing each time you play. That’s about the entire feature set, so it’s not the most deluxe game in the App Store. The real problem is that control scheme, which is more of a hassle than anything else. The arcade shooter genre is made to be able to move and shoot at the same time, but it’s impossible in Hyper Blaster. You have to do one of the other, and the tap to move system just doesn’t fit with the fluid nature of the enemies. There’s also a delay when switching from movement to fire as you need to tap and hold to activate, so the game recognizes you want to fire, and not just move. The system is a hassle, and will result in multiple deaths until you realize there are better arcade shooters to spend your time with.

Hyper Blaster (Free, Universal) looks good, but plays a lot worse making it one to blast off of your list.

Free, Universal


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