Chillingo and The Games Faction recently released Inkvaders for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and while the artwork looked good, it’s definitely hard to buy a game based on artwork alone. Nevertheless, Chillingo is known for releasing some quality games and Inkvaders doesn’t fail to deliver. Zombieville USA seems to be its nearest competitor, and while Inkvaders didn’t seem better or funner, it’s definitely very close.
Graphics: Inkvaders’s graphics are more than I could have ever asked for, and the paper look definitely works for this game. The virtual finger moving across the screen is one of the most realistic virtual fingers I have ever seen, and the artwork itself looks very similar to my doodles.
Balance: Side-scrollers are very dependent on the gameplay balancing, and Inkvaders doesn’t fail to deliver a perfectly balanced game. The reason for the success of Zombieville USA’s success was because of its extremely well balanced gameplay, and Inkvaders is definitely another well balanced side-scroller.
Twists: This isn’t another rip-off or clone of Zombieville hoping to make a few bucks, this is actually a totally different experience. I really love the little twists in this game including the jumping and the rush. The Games Faction added a lot of creative features to the side-scroller genre, and Inkvaders is definitely a lot different than Zombieville.
Slow to Start: Upgrading the weapons and buying new types of weapons definitely takes a while, and you’ll be fighting through atleast 3 or 4 levels before buying even the cheapest of upgrades. While there are a lot of levels, I would have liked it if I could have upgraded my weapons a little bit faster.
Ammunition: Ammunition runs out very fast; you’ll be finding your ammunition at 0 if you don’t keep buying ammo from the vending machines that are strewn across all the levels. It would have been nice if you didn’t have to buy ammunition at almost every vending machine, or the developers could have just made it so that you start with more ammo.
Inkvaders is a solid side-scroller that will definitely keep you engaged for a considerably long amount of time. It’s entertaining, visually appealing, and just plain fun. Inkvaders is a great example of a side-scrolling shooter done right, and with a price tag of $0.99, there’s really no reason not to get it. Inkvaders provides a solid overall experience, and with a few fixes here and there, it can definitely deliver a better experience than Zombieville.