Axouxere Games contacted us about their recent XBLA indie game Planetary Shield and offered us a free download to give it a try. Never to turn down free stuff (hey we’re just regular dudes here), I gave the game a try. I don’t play as much indie games as Hockey Glory but I had a blast playing and reviewing Rad Raygun.
It’s basically a missile command style game. You control a large satellite that is protecting a planet. There are a number of meteorites that are crashing towards the planet and you must protect it by launching energy balls at the falling meteorites to destroy them before hitting the planet. You are control the satellite firing mechanism by pulling down on the Right thumb stick to load the ball, rotate the stick to aim and then press a button to fire it at your target. You can get some bonus weapons like missiles as well. And….that’s about it. Have a look at the gameplay video below and you can pretty much see for yourself what the game is about. Pretty simple. U
Planetary Sheild can be downloaded and purchased on Xbox Live for 80 MS points.
- Only 80 MS pts
- Boring and simplistic gameplay
- Confusing menu. I actually selected the wrong language first and couldn’t figure out how to get it back to the language option screen. Had to exit and restart the game
- Controls can be frustrating
The Old Guy in Me Says
There’s not much to say about Planetary Shield. It does as advertised and it’s just 80 MS points. If your itching for a missile command style game, this might be fore you but I can’t recommend it. Sure it’s an indie game but I found the game a bit too boring for me. This game is very casual and better suited on a mobile device (iOs or Android), in fact I think it’s a direct port of one. The pulling down to launch the energy balls is akin to dragging / sliding on your mobile device which makes perfect sense. Using the Xbox controller, not so much.