Super Crossfire HD’s concept is a tried and tested one. You’re a spaceship shooting countless waves of alien ships as they invade. It’s essentially Space Invaders. However, whilst Super Crossfire HD’s concept is more than a little familiar the mechanics and aesthetic set it apart, one mechanic in particular literally turns the game on its head.
As you’re battling the waves of invading ships you’ll witness dozens of different coloured and shaped foes all styled in geometric frame neon firing beautiful but deadly particle weapons as you strafe right and left. Before long the enemy ships introduce directional shields and command ships that aid their subordinates, and the sheer number of enemies on screen is overwhelming. Fortunately you have more than just you weapons to aid you. With a press of the warp button you disappear from the bottom and reappear at the top of the screen firing down on your aggressors, bypassing their shields, dodging their fire and taking out targets of opportunity that would have otherwise remained safe behind their wall of allies. Better yet you can warp back to the bottom and/or top of the screen at will.
The warping mechanic adds a great new tactic to this classic genre and is relied on heavily. The difficulty curve is steep and after only a few levels you’ll be warping back and forth frequently to counter enemy’s defences and attacks. Additionally you can collect small orbs from the debris of your enemies which can be used to upgrade your ship after a set of amount of levels, with these upgrade opportunities also acting as checkpoints as you battle the alien menace.
With the constant warping, countless enemies and weapons fire, the screen gets busy quickly. It can be visually overwhelming but always a stunning vista. Impressively, despite this hectic show, Super Crossfire HD runs lightning fast as you move from right to left with the touch screen arrows, warp with the warp touch button and fire back automatically. The result is a fast paced action game that’s easy and stimulating to play yet challenging to beat; keeping you coming back to break those high scores.
Super Crossfire HD is certainly a great game, and one that transitioned from console to iOS brilliantly. It’s compelling enough with its hectic action and high score beating mentality to compete with any other iOS title and the creative mechanics breathe new life into a classic game type. This is certainly worth a look.
MLG Rating: 8/10
Platform: iOS Release Date: 13/10/2011
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of SuperCrosfire HD for review purposes by the promoter. The title was reviewed over the course of one week on an iPhone. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.