TGWK’s Review of “Galaxy Express” v1.2.1 (iOS)

Galaxy Express is a puzzle solving game from developer Arctic Empire. You play the part of Jonathan Rowe, a space delivery pilot and it’s your job to get him safely to his destination. The ship only flies in a straight path and when it hits a wall or obstacle, it only makes right turns. Because of this, you have to place a limited number of arrows in your ship’s path in order to guide it to its final destination. If this all sounds a bit familiar, it should because the game is very similar to the Dreamcast classic, Chu Chu Rocket. The theme and story might be different, but the gameplay itself is almost identical.

Each level in the game provide you with a set number of arrows you can use. You need to place these arrows on the game grid so that when your ship passes over them, it will change direction. It’s a simple concept, but the game is actually quite challenging, especially in the later levels where you’ll need to figure out how and where to arrange multiple arrows in order to reach your destination. You can play each level at your own pace which is great because I don’t always have a lot of free time during the day so being able to play a few levels at a time works well for me.

The art in Galaxy Express is pretty good and the over all gameplay mechanics are also spot on and easy to remember. It’s one of those games where you can just pick up and play with a very minimal learning curve.

Galaxy Express is a fun game, when it works. There are some game breaking bugs I’ve encountered while playing which has caused me to do several restarts of the app in order to make it playable again. I’ve had the title screen freeze up on me as well as in game screens. It’s not a big deal to me as I’m only playing the free version, but if you opt to unlock the full version, it might be an issue. Hopefully the developers can sort this out because it really is a good game. Unlocking the full game will cost you $1.99 and you’ll get an addition 90+ levels including some extra bonus levels. I would definitely give the game a try, but until some of the bugs are sorted out, I probably wouldn’t buy the full version just yet.

Galaxy Express is available now in the App Store for free. It is a universal app and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

Description

Galaxy Express is a puzzle solving game unlike any that you’ve ever played. Your job is simple: help Jonathan Rowe, space delivery boy plot his course and guide him and his crew safely through the game. You have full control over the course your ship takes by placing the arrows on the grid to guide your ship to safety. There isn’t a time limit or life count; the only thing you need to do is figure out a solution for each puzzle.

The game starts off easy, but as you progress through the levels the difficulty keeps increasing. Can you beat all 105 story levels?

* Innovative and challenging puzzle mechanic
* Smooth difficulty curve
* 30 Free puzzles with an additional 90 for an in app purchase
* Retina display support
* Easily share your solutions on Facebook, Twitter and Email
* Looks and works GREAT on the iPad
* Engineered for low battery usage
* Ask your friends for help if you get stuck
* Captivating storyline and eye grabbing graphics

[via App Store]

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