Mutant Storm: Asteroids in overdrive

Spoiler alert! Mutant Storm is one in a long line of fast and furious outer space shoot-em-ups where your ship has to blast its way through swarms of aliens and enemy ships. It’s bright and colorful and pretty much the same as any other space arcade game. It’s just a little bit slicker than some. Four stars.

It started with Asteroids in glorious two bit black and white on an Atari console and never went out of style. We’ve seen so many versions in the three decades that followed that it’s impossible to keep track. Mutant Storm brings nothing new to the formula, but it’s a cut above many of its competitors.

Mutant Storm places you in command of a star fighter who has to blast his way through swarms of enemies. The swarms can come from anywhere, as a single wave or multiple waves. In addition the enemy throws out space mines and other obstacles to take you down.

The object of Mutant Storm is to wipe out enemy swarms and collect additional weapons. But if you pick up the wrong ship, you could be dead.

You steer the ship with one thumb and tap to fire. If you tap with two fingers your ship becomes a giant bomb that takes out anything in its path. The game also throws special objects at you that give additional powers.

The game plays in two modes, adventure and tally. In adventure mode you get three lives and three bombs to make it through as many levels as you can. If you die, you start at the beginning. In tally mode you get one life, no bombs and you complete one level to unlock the next.

Smart bombs take out everything in the ship’s path. But you only have three, and only three lives as well.

The game action is fast, the colors psychedelic and the controls less responsive than I would like. It’s easy to control the ship’s direction but aiming is next to impossible. You have to move the ship into the direction of the fire to hit anything. For players who love space arcade games, this could well be a fun challenge.

I’m not that big a fan.

Jenny Manytoes rates Mutant Storm

Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Mutant Storm. It’s better than most of the fast action space arcade games on the iPad, but you really have to be a fan to love it.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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