App Review: InkVaders by Games Faction and Chillingo

August 25, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games

Chillingo does a pretty good job at marketing the games in which they produce, and InkVaders also fell into that category.  Since Chillingo has produced so many hit apps, we usually pay attention to them when they make an announcement.  So when InkVaders came out, we were ready to give it a whirl.  If you are or were/are a fan of Zombieville USA by Mika Mobile then you’ll love InkVaders by Games Faction / Chillingo.  The two games are very similar in game play, controls and especially the gore factor.

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InkVaders is a fast action shoot ‘em up game.  You advance forward and kill aliens as they run up on you from both directions or are beamed down next to you.  The more money you get, the bigger guns you can buy.  However, be careful, using up your ammo will result in you having to change guns (usually to a smaller gun).  As you walk along you can grab things out of the air that give you more money or pickup items from boxes (have to touch them) that give you various things such as ammo.  To put the game into “Rush” mode (super fast paced) just pickup one of the boxes with an “R” on it (some of the “?” marked boxes will also contain a “Rush”).

Graphics in InkVaders is unique.  I am reminded of paper-drawn cartoons where the foreground and background move at different speeds (to provide depth) but with obvious paper edges. However, I should stress, while they look cartooney they are super cool.  I found the graphics pleasing and fun and definitely added to the appeal of the game.

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Controls are easy.  Since you are on a single plane and you advance forward/backward and fire or run the jet-pack there are limited controls.  You guessed it, forward/backwards/fire/jet-pak.  There’s also a weapon select in the top corner and a pause button.  Pressing the jet-pack button will allow you to do little ‘flights’ so that you can grab things flying in the air (give you money).

Upgrading guns or buying ammo only occurs when you come across a vending machine.  When you get there, touch the vending maching to go into purchase mode where you can select from more advanced guns (providing you have the money), ammo, health and fuel for the jet pack.  Since vending machines only come across every once in a while you must be ready to buy when they do.  Likewise, if you run out of ammo you’ll have to wait to buy more, so hopefully you have another weapon and ammo for it.

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InkVaders by Games Faction / Chillingo is a fun, fast-paced, action, shooter game that will keep your interest and excitement going.  Whenever I start playing it I have a hard time putting it down.  If you like shoot ‘em up style games then you can’t go wrong with InkVaders.  When we last checked the game was on sale for $0.99, so hurry and get it before the price goes back up!

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