The Android platform has seen some great games, some for hardcore gamers and plenty of others for casual gamers, but this particular game is reminiscent of the good old C64 days when shooters excelled even with 2D scrolling and 16 colors. The game we are talking about of course is Radiant.
Functions & Design
When starting up the game on the menu you will see four different game options. One of which will be the start button, when selecting start then choosing the difficulty level you wish to play, you will be given a quick tutorial on how to play the game. After that it throws you headfirst into space.
The player will have to survive asteriod fields, fight his way through waves of hostile alien spacecraft to get his way to the head alien the Super Creep. There are various power-ups to be found as you venture through space, the further you venture the harder the alien spacecraft become. As you make your way through space killing aliens you will accrue money which you can spend on upgrades for various weapons.
Radiant really has a retro feel to it, even though it’s still a gorgeous, when coming up against waves of alienspacecraft, there are just so many different colours on the screen and it’s even better in HD. Everything in the game feels very smooth as well and the controls normally react great. One thing players do have to be aware of is the smartphone keys, in the heat of battle they can be sometimes annoying, especially in a boss fight.
In the options menu at the start players can adjust how loud the sound effects are and the music. They are also given the choice of turning vibrations off and whether they want to send their scores to the online leaderboards. If the player has an internet connection, they will be able to see the high scores from people all around the world. There are daily, weekly and all time leaderboards for each difficulty level.
Radiant actually manages to transfer the old feeling onto Android devices. It creates a great atmosphere with its graphics combined with its wonderful sound effects. It is a game for everyone, with its three different difficulty settings. Whether you just play it between classes or on the train or if your a hardcore type looking to get the best high score in the world, you will all find something to like in Radiant. Tested version 2.15.
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