In the unknown depths of space, sometimes the little guys need a friend to save them from the evil entities of the planet. Astro Lander, a new title from AirGlow Ltd, lets players do just this, saving little chibis from aliens while shooting and navigating the treacherous terrain of space.
What I like about Astro Lander is the simple, straightforward gameplay, which executes familiar space gameplay mechanics with a light physics twist. Players control a small space vehicle with a virtual joypad and a boost button across 45 levels in three worlds, managing fuel and avoiding aliens and the damaging surface on each planet while stopping occasionally to refuel and pick up little yellow chibi creatures from the planet’s surface.
Thanks to solid, responsive controls, controlling the little astro lander through each level is simple, with players attacking aliens and breaking down small physics-based structures by tapping on the screen to release little power orbs from the lander. There are also stars to collect, all of which is added to a player’s score throughout each level.
Now, Astro Lander isn’t going to blow anyone away with fancy graphics or technical aspects. The visual style of Lander is very basic, and doesn’t really feel inspired by any particular planet or theme, which can be a bit of a turn off for gamers looking for impressive visuals and audio.
For only a dollar, Astro Lander makes a great little physics platforming title for young gamers looking for a little no-gravity action and adventure on their iOS devices. It’s not going to revolutionize the genre, but Astro Lander features enough solid world-traversing to keep players interested to completion.