INC iPhone Review
The talented developers at OrangePixel sure love platform games. After releasing Super Drill Panic, Meganoid and Stardash, the team now has INC, another 2D side scrolling adventure peppered with retro charm.
The game takes place in the year 2135, in a world ruled by corporations. You, as the hero, set off through four worlds/40 levels teeming with bad guys to rescue the good-natured Dr. Robotus.
Thing is, there's more to INC than mindless shooting. Each stage features three boosters you must activate to proceed. Some are in plain view, while others require exploring to locate.
This ultimately leads to plenty of trial and error, since OrangePixel rewards you for hitting all of the boosters and reaching the end level exit within the allotted time. Thus begins a mad dash as you narrowly avoid gunfire, bombs and steam while navigating across a series of platforms, some of which suddenly disappear after a few seconds.
It's in your best interest to perform well, since the levels award up to three stars for A.) activating boosters within the time limit, B.) killing all of the bad guys and C.) having spare lives remaining.
INC is definitely a fun time, made better with the aforementioned 8-bit presentation. The entire app has a blocky appearance; even the protagonist is a square with tiny legs. We also love how the words "Ratatat" appear whenever we press the fire button, followed by the word "Click" when the gun overheats. Nice touch.
Unfortunately, the app suffers from some bugs, one of which renders the hero's weapon useless. Thankfully, restarting the iPhone/iPad solves the issue, and OrangePixel has an update on the way.
While not the greatest platform game to grace iOS and Android, INC is without question one the best, with spot on controls (so long as you use the on-screen arrows instead of tilting) and a slick old school vibe. Definitely recommended.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: 8-bit style presentation, 40 levels to beat, solid touch controls, universal.
What's Not: Tilt controls, bugs.