Atomic Aliens was a game I originally laughed at. It’s unpolished, it’s childish, and its over-the-top description led me to think it would be a total waste of both my time and a dollar. Boy was I wrong.
Atomic Aliens is the first title from indie developer studio Touch Junky for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. It’s a game set in the year 3012, a thousand years in the future where Atomic Aliens are attempting to destroy the universe. This all sounds fine and dandy, but is atomic aliens worth the time, or is it a radioactive waste of time?
Atomic Aliens is a very simple game. On the right of your device is a large planet, with different varieties of aliens constantly coming towards it and attacking from the left. Some of them will shoot at your planet which quickly lowers its health bar. You stop these by simply tapping which will place a barrier that bounces them off. Slowly the game begins to up the difficulty and add more aliens until you ultimately fail. At first glance this may sound trivial and dumb, but it quickly got very fun, very fast. Eventually, an astronaut named “Bob” will float by. You tap him to save him and tap him again to have him shoot everything on screen for a few seconds, although he’s essentially useless in killing more than one or two aliens.
What Atomic Aliens excels at with gameplay, it extremely lacks when it comes to visuals. The space scene and the planet look like something out of a low budget 1950’s B-film, while the aliens look hand drawn and cheesy, straight out of an episode of the Simpsons. The whole game simply screams “polish me!”
While Atomic Aliens doesn’t have any major flaws, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s one of the best games. Sure, the gameplay is decent and challenging, but it really isn’t very much fun after two or three rounds. Atomic Aliens also has some minor flaws like not being able to disable sound, (no playing while talking on the phone due to this) lack of Game Center support, and a glitchy end game screen.
So, should you buy Atomic Aliens? If you’re looking for a simple game to play and already have all the greats that show up in Apple’s top 25, then sure, go ahead and pick it up, but is it worth the dollar? That’s for you to decide.
Want to play Atomic Alien, but don’t want to pay? Don’t worry! All this week we here at LevelSave will be giving out codes for Atomic Aliens on our Facebook and Twitter. Just follow and like us to try and grab some. (They’ll look like this: 6NYY3X7FNNAY. Yes, that’s a code in the title.)
Thanks to Touch Junky for providing us with a copy of the game for review.