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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.

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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.


Meteor Blitz Version 1.1 Released, Lite Version Added

It’s a big day for Meteor Blitz as its version 1.1 update was released just yesterday along with the free version that contains 3 out of the 30 levels in the full version.  If that’s not enough, the price has dropped 50% to $0.99, a steal that no one should ever pass up.

The version 1.1 update fixes some crashing bugs that people were experiencing, and adds some better effects to the flame thrower and other guns.  We gave this game a ‘Must Have‘ rating on our review, and it’s really one of the best games I have ever played.  If you’re really skeptical, just try the free version and see for yourself, but the $0.99 for this game is absolutely nothing.

Meteor Blitz Review: Gun ‘Em Down Boys

The survival shooter Meteor Blitz was significantly hyped pre-release. and we even had the chance to play a preview build of the game.  Since then, Meteor Blitz has gone on to appear in the App Store in full glory, and this is definitely everything a survival shooter fan can ever wish for.  With great visuals, addictive gameplay, and almost no loading times, Meteor Blitz is definitely the one for you.

Likes

Visuals: The 3D look of the planets in arcade mode is fantastic, a feature that I have never encountered in any other survival shooter.  Usually, the backgrounds are just plain black with some bright neon colors here and there, but never has there been such a 3D look.  It’s hard to capture this feeling from the screenshots, but you’ll notice the “wow” once you start playing.

Controls: Controls are very spot-on and it’s extremely easy to weave through the meteors using these controls.  I found them to be neither sensitive or unresponsiveness, making it the perfect fit for a game of this type.  Shaking to set a bomb and tapping to switch weapons were great additions to this game along with the “let go of the controls to pause” feature.

Maps: The game comes loaded with around 6 maps, and each one should take an average person a while to unlock.  In the many hours I have played the game, I got the chance to unlock 3 out of the 6 maps with so much more to be hungry for.  The different locations were definitely welcoming, and playing in the different backgrounds created a totally different experience.

Achievements: The achievements list in Meteor Blitz is very extensive compared to other games, and the addition of it is just the icing on the cake.  As you all may know, achievements are a great way to keep a player playing the game, and Meteor Blitz does a great job reaching out to the hardcore and casual gamers alike.  And once you achieve all the achievements, you’ll be screaming for more.

Dislikes

Menu Design: Menu design was a little bit bland, and detail was not really there.  Sure this is a little bit picky, and with a game with absolutely no loading times, most people won’t really pay attention to all the small details.  Personally, it was a little too dark and hard to read the letters in the menu, but totally understandable to keep the game’s loading times to a minimum.

Meteor Blitz is the most extensive survival shooter that I have ever played on the iPhone, and while it isn’t as deep as Alive-4-ever, it definitely provides more than meets the eye.  I cannot emphasize enough how good of a game this is, and it may just be the new standard for new and entering survival shooters.  With that said, I suggest you go and get Meteor Blitz at the awesomely low price of $1.99.

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Meteor Blitz was developed by Alley Labs, and I played through version 1.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $1.99.

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Meteor Blitz Takes Flight

The twin thumb shooter Meteor Blitz is now available on the app store for $1.99.  This game has you controlling a ship from a top-down, 2D view.  You move and fire by having two areas sensitive to touch on the bottom corners of the screen. Alley Labs has included global leaderboards and in-game ranking to help try and generate competition with friends and others.

Daniel gave a special hands-on with this game earlier and instantly loved it.  Great graphics, fun weapons, and zero loading times all helped to make this game a standout title.  Any fans of the genre should enjoy this one.

Check out Meteor Blitz on the app store and watch the video below.  Thanks for the tip, eggzbacon!

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Hands-On With Meteor Blitz

The App Store is filled with twin stick shooters nowadays including iDracula, Occurro, 2079, and others.  While some like iDracula and Occurro have caught my attention for maybe a few days, no twin stick shooter has ever gotten me so addicted than Meteor Blitz.  To all fans of twin stick shooters, Meteor Blitz is the best I’ve encountered so far.

Meteor Blitz is somewhat different from other twin stick shooters in that it features no loading times whatsoever.  It’s the weirdest phenomena I’ve ever encountered, but the game is sitting right in front of me loading within seconds with no loading screen whatsoever.  Meteor Blitz seems to be very concentrated on this, and it’s great for people who plan to play their iPhone games while waiting for a stoplight to change or waiting for the bus to move.

The soundtrack for almost all the worthy shooters in the App Store are immersive and well done, and Meteor Blitz doesn’t fail to deliver.  I found the soundtrack to be so great that I was enchanted by the game even without headphones or other ear peripherals.  The soundtrack is a major part of shooters, and Meteor Blitz seems to feature some of the best around town.

Graphics aren’t pitiful either; they are crafted in beautiful 2.5D along with some great lighting effects.  I would have liked there to be a little more design in the ship, but the meteors and enemies are definitely well designed.  Again, the game features some of the best graphics a twin stick shooter can provide, and it also provides a different look.  I’m glad the developers took on a new perspective of the crowded genre, and its definitely not just another space shooter.

If you couldn’t tell by now, Meteor Blitz is one of the best shooters I have ever encountered on the App Store.  It’s not another Geometry Wars clone or a 2079 clone, this is a beautifully fashioned game.  Sure the developers could have gotten their ideas from other App Store games, and I can’t say the game is very original, but the ideas were executed with sheer perfection.  I really don’t know what else to say, the developer(s) did a great job with the game and I cannot wait for its release.  Meteor Blitz is definitely a must have for fans of this genre.

The game has been submitted to the App Store and is currently waiting approval.