|Asteroids mixed with Tyrian and throw in resource gathering for good measure||WildKard (12165)|
|Quick arcade action - fun for the whole neurotic family...||Tomer Gabel (4416)|
|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||3.4|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.9|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||4.0|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||3.7|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.8|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||3.6|
|Overall MobyScore (15 votes)||3.7|
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This game's just great. In addition to being able to customize your ships, explore the new dimension, and develop new weapons, you can also play the game again... and again. Starscape has a great replay value. What if you researched the main cannon earlier? What if you didn't put any effort into rockets? Maybe you should have put more research into generators at the beginning...
Overall this is an immensely enjoyable retro blast wrapped up in a modern day game; its pretty, it’s interesting, it’s large and it’s stuffed to the gills with playability. Add to the fact its shareware, you can play a demo before you buy and it only costs £20, bargain!
Apart from the initial learning curve, Starscape is a very artful and quality title. It is challenging, fun, and immersive. This is old school goodness through and through. I suggest anyone who likes shooters or anything to do with space give this game a shot. You shall be impressed.
The graphics and presentation could not be better but some elements of the gameplay could be. I have played better shoot-em-ups and better space conquest games but ultimately, none that combine so well.
Someone found what was left of an Asteroids machine and couldn’t stand to leave it sit moldering forlornly in a corner. Instead they decided to resurrect the corpse by liberal application of steroids, livewire, and a copious supply of rave music. In short this game is probably one of the best kept secrets on the web, aside from the access codes to the Skywalker Ranch web server (incidentally if anyone should know those…)
While the resource management is a well executed bolt-on, the 2D combat is the mainstay of the game and as new ships and weapons are 'researched', the game gets increasingly frenzied. Add in an enjoyably camp and stylish storyline and the resultant remix is addictive and thoroughly fresh.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Moonpod succeeds in most if not all of its admittedly modest objectives in its first release: The battles are incredibly fun, and the management of research and development opens the door to intriguing tactical choices. Whatever limitations exist with graphics or audio (and the boredom associated with mining) do not significantly hamper the enjoyment you can derive from this innovative combination of action and strategy. If you are open to the gameplay dynamics involved in 2D action, you definitely should give this title a try. Between Starscape on the personal computer and Ikaruga on the GameCube, perhaps despite the nay sayers the quality 2D space shooter is making a comeback.