Space, its mysteries numerous, as numerous as grains of sand, and with Super Planet Defender, built by Rui “Ruim” Madeira, There’s one more mystery to now be considered; why would a tiny alien care so much to protect a barren planet that’s only about 10Xs his size?.. What we do know is this App does make for some twirlingly good fun and the fact of the matter is, we don’t need to understand why. We’re not NASA or something I mean come on geez.

Your role is quite simple really. You’re stuck on a small planet placed right smack in the middle of a gnarly meteor shower(Rui calls them Comets. We know the difference but who cares honestly). As the lone being on this planet you must quickly traverse its circumference, shooting your weapon at each of the incoming objects. As you progress through the levels, you’re able to receive greater firepower options including Rocket Launchers, a “V” Gun, Side Guns, Grenade Launchers, Plasma Ball, and Mini Rockets, to name a few. These do become incredibly handy because just when you think you’ve seen it all, the comets change and become bigger and harder to address in an adequate time frame.

As Rui’s first submission to the iOS App Store, we’ve found Super Planet Defender to be alluring and a good after work de-stressor. The actions contain and aero-like smoothness while the soundtrack drips with interplanetaryosity, and supersonic polys that don’t overwhelm your ear holes. We also enjoy the flatter color palette that definitely creates more of a cartoonish mesosphere, but you don’t find yourself taking it any less serious as a result. This is saying a lot because most of the time the mesosphere doesn’t get the respect it really deserves. Look at our moon for example, it doesn’t have one and it gets treated like a two dollar hooker.

Download Super Planet Defender for a super good time.

what did we think about it

  • PRO - Quirky and fun gameplay with a straightforward plot(sometimes it's upside down and sideways though).
  • PRO - The challenge is balanced and it strafes right past the cardinal newbie mistake of not including compelling power-ups.
  • CON - The on-screen control can become a problem, especially on smaller screens. 
  • CON - Some non-consumables(characters, game modes) would be a positive addition. 

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