Let’s take a look at … – CMYW

CMYW is a fun little arcade shooter that fans of Asteroids and other retro-style space games will definitely appreciate. The goal is simple- shoot enemy ships, collect the resources they leave behind after exploding, and take these resources to your portal. While doing this, you must protect your portal and yourself from being hit by these enemies.

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CMYW features extremely basic and colorful graphics that are reminiscent of the old vector displays from the 70s. You command an old-school looking triangle ship that ejects a tiny little spaceman when hit. Likewise, enemies are simple polygons and the resources they leave behind after you shoot them are yet smaller polygons. Pair the graphics with a fun and high-energy soundtrack and the game is perfect for a space atmosphere.

The goal of the game is to defeat enemies, collect resources and get them to your portal safely. The farther away you get from your portal, the more the map zooms out. There is also a minimap that shows where all your enemies are and stops you getting lost in space. Some enemies carry special items that change your weapons or give you boosts, and as the game goes on the threat level increases.

CMYW offers both keyboard and controller options, both take some getting used to, but you can adapt to either with plenty of practice. I prefer the controller, and it took me awhile to get a hang of spinning, moving, and shooting efficiently without floundering around all over the map. I had the hardest time with spinning just enough to aim right where I needed to. I would prefer if we could re-bind the keys to fix my issue with choosing to move instead of shoot, but I think that’s the main challenge of the game- mastering the controls so you can rack up the highest score possible.

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 Game modes include single player, local multiplayer (up to four players), cooperative, and competitive.  Score hunters will appreciate the leader boards as well. Overall, I liked this game but grew frustrated by all the mistakes I kept making with the controls. It’s definitely gratifying blowing up all those enemies and collecting resources, and dying always causes a bunch of frustrated yelling and laughing before deciding to try one more time… one more time….

 Tl-dr I would recommend this simple but challenging game to anyone who likes arcade-style shooters, especially for the tiny $3.99 price tag.

 Rating – 8/10

 Purchase – Steam £2.79/$3.99

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Let’s take a look at … – Aperion Origins

Aperion Origins is a free twin-stick space shooter from the guys over at aPriori Digital. It’s fast paced, neon, high score based goodness and is certainly worth a download. Let’s take a look.

Right off the bat Aperion Origins feels fast and arcade-like. The main menu sees you flying through a star field, the music is upbeat techno and the graphics are very bright with neon colours. It all works really well.

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One thing I always check in apps is the settings. With mobile apps, I mostly only see things like Volume checkboxes so don’t comment on them, but Aperion Origins has loads of settings! You can change the sensitive of the controls, control type, thumb stick type, HUD visibility and more. It’s great that there’s that level of customization available and everyone will be able to set the game up to best suit them.

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Moving onto gameplay, Aperion Origins is all about fast paced explosions, high scores and combos. Fight spaceships, get gems, rank up, upgrade your ship, upgrade your powerups and rinse and repeat. The more powerful your ship becomes, the more carnage you can do which stops it getting stale; it just gets more awesome! Each time I died, I never felt like putting it down, I just wanted to get right back to the action.

There’s four ships in total to unlock each with different stats. They take quite a few gems to unlock so I only have the first! There’s also 12 powerups that you can unlock and upgrade depending on your rank and the number of gems you have. After choosing your ship, and spending the gems you have on upgrades, you choose what arena you want to fight in.

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There’s 8 in the free game and 16 more that can be purchased with micro-transactions. I’m not a fan of micro-transactions in games, but given the game is awesome and free I’m fine with that. There’s gems that you can purchase which I’ll be avoiding as I don’t like to pay to win, but Aperion Origins might just be the first app that I purchase micro-transactions from as I want the other arenas!

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The final step before battle is choosing your difficulty. There are 4 in total to choose from for each arena; ‘Easy’, ‘Normal’, ‘Hard’ and ‘????’. As you can tell I haven’t unlocked the final difficulty yet, but since I often die on Normal I’m already terrified of it!

It’s time to battle. The gameplay of Aperion Origins is simple; Kill everything, don’t die and collect powerups to help you. The controls utilize twin-stick movement, so you use the left side of your screen to move, and the right to aim and fire. For the most part this works great, but I have one small gripe. The movement controls could be sharper. The game is very fast-paced, and you’ll often find yourself cornered but you can’t for example swap direction immediately. The ship will instead move on a smooth arc, which looks and feels great, but I feel it sacrifices responsiveness to achieve that.

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The graphics are one of my main reasons for loving Aperion Origins. Everything has an old-school neon aesthetic, so when you have loads of enemies chasing you, explosions everywhere and gems flying around it looks great. My main critique of the game lies here however, and that’s the general polish of the game. There’s quite a few places where text isn’t centred correctly, is the wrong size, overlaps etc. and I just think it could have had more time spent on it and tidied up. I’m sure this won’t bother most players, but it caught my eye as something that could be improved.

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Given my only critiques of the game are that I think the polish could be improved and the controls could be sharper, you can tell that I’m pretty fond of it. It will be staying on my iPad for sure, and I keep finding myself picking it up and playing a few rounds whenever I want a quick break. For a free app it’s really good, it would certainly be justified to be a paid game, so I do recommend picking it up and giving it a go.

As we always rate game out of 10 at Indie Gamers, so I’m going to give Aperion Origins a 9. It’s rated 5/5 stars on the Play Store and iTunes, and the only reason I haven’t give it a 10 is for the lack of polish in places. Awesome free app, so if you have an android or IOS device you should certainly give it a download. The links to do so are below.

Play now on IOS

Play now on Android

Let’s take a look at … – Rock Zombie

Rock Zombie is a 3D Side-scrolled, kickass zombie murdering styled arcade game. If you love metal and smashing zombies with guitars; this one’s for you. Quaternion Studio have produced a really good game that deserves to be recognized for what it is.

Well the title of the game explains pretty much what you have got yourself into when you load up ‘Rock Zombie’. Rock music that Roars through your headphones, flames and more flames, Rock chick band members that cave zombie heads in with brute force using their favorite guitar, Motorbikes and an original idea.

When I write a review I like to note everything from music through to how many times I could play the game, but when I was playing Rock Zombie I was so enraptured in the gameplay that I slowly drifted away from the sound and all of those small little things that I didn’t really care about while playing the game. The sound of the game had included all of the effects from the guitar swinging through objects to zombies blowing up after their reincarnated bodies slowly drifted back to where they belong and most importantly heavy music that kept you in the mood to play the game.

The story is very straightforward and designed in a really fun comic strip. The story is about three females that are in a band that is obviously struggling to get noticed in the rock scene. They attend a concert and the next thing you know, you are involved in the biggest apocalypse in metal history.

The Graphics really surprised me in this game, I really didn’t have too high expectations for the graphics when I was looking at the preview, but you can tell that Quaternion Studio tried to make the players graphical experience the best they could when they were designing the game. Even though when I play most side-scrolled arcade fashioned games, the graphic side of things don’t bother me too much but I really enjoyed the 3D graphics for a change.

The gameplay at times did feel a bit jagged and laggy, but do not let this get you down! The game controls were very simple! Yay for simple controls, this means if you want to destroy zombies it makes things a whole lot easier and enjoyable for you. The levels didn’t feel too lengthy, which sometimes in my opinion can really destroy a good game. All the levels included the basic needs (health refills and all of that stuff). I really enjoyed the gameplay experience. I honestly will keep playing this game over, and over for days.

Quaternion Studio I would just like to say thank you for putting together such a wicked game and wish you the best in the future. In my opinion I really enjoyed the game and for the price it is selling for it is definitely worth it. You will endure hours of endless fun. Everything about the game just made it feel so right. I easily give this game a 7.5/10.

If you are interested in buying this game please check it out at www.rockzombiegame.com

Reviewed By Ben Duncombe

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