Meteor Blitz HD Review: The Best Dual-Stick Shooter Available

Alley Labs released Meteor Blitz for the iPhone a couple of months ago, and since then, competition has been ramped.  Chillingo released Minigore and Guerrilla Bob, indie developers started to take their own shots at the genre, and overall, it became one heck of a mess.

But even through all the competition, Meteor Blitz still stands as one of the best dual-stick shooters on the iPhone.  And from its conversion from the iPhone to iPad, the awesomeness is still there, and maybe even increased due to the larger screen.  While I would have liked to see some new features, Meteor Blitz HD is the best dual-stick shooter you’ll find for your iPad.

Likes

New particles: The explosions just became heavier, more explosion-like, and awe-inspiring.  The iPad really brought out a lot of the explosions, and Alley Labs did a good job with adding some graphical tweaks in there.  If they only made it so that the resolution was changed, I would have a problem with that.  But the increased particles make for just a more “wow” type of game.

No loading times: Just like the iPhone version, this game has absolutely no loading times.  Even with the increased graphics and particle effects, I was surprised to see that I didn’t have to wait at all for the game to load, and the developers worked hard to stay true to the biggest selling point this game has.

Addictive experience: The game itself is just phenomenal when it comes to short spurts of game time.  If you haven’t tried the iPhone version, the iPad one is sure to hook you and try to get you to pass through all the arcade levels.  Competing against others on the online leaderboards is not too shabby either, and you’ll find yourself playing longer than planned.

Dislikes

Nothing new: I’ve been a player of the iPhone game since day one, so when they released the iPad version, it was something I’ve already seen.  It would have been nice to add some new features such as weapons, bombs, or even some other feature that I can’t think of; but the developers seem to have kept everything more or less the same.

Control configuration: The location of the dual-sticks are fine with me, but it would have been nice to have a custom control configuration menu.  Even floating joysticks such as Geometry Wars: Touch would have been nice, but the controls aren’t too bad.  I can see a problem for those with smaller hands than mine though, since I do tend to reach a little bit at times.

Meteor Blitz HD is still one of the best dual-stick shooters on the App Store even after its age.  Alley Labs did a solid job of not ruining what was already in place, and while I would have liked to see some new things, for those looking for games on their shiny new iPad, Meteor Blitz HD has to be on the top of that list.

Meteor Blitz HD was developed by Alley Labs, and I played through version 1.1 on my iPad.  The price is $4.99.


About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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