Dark Star is an epic arcade shoot-em-up in deepest, darkest space.

Pilot your spacecraft through waves of bad guys – barrel-rolling your way ever closer to huge scores and bigger explosions.

Inspired by classic arcade games from the 80’s and 90’s, Dark Star recaptures that same addictive gameplay but with graphics that finally live up to what those old box arts promised.

• Stunning 3D graphics (running at 60fps on new devices)
• All the brilliance and frustration of old-school arcade style challenges
• Unique one finger controls
• Upgradable and unlockable spaceships
• Shoot down enemy ships, clear space junk, dodge missiles and take on giant battle cruisers with a continually evolving mission structure
• Most importantly - Barrel Rolls!

Please note, this game features NO in-app purchases. Once you own Dark Star you’ll get all updates, fixes and new content for free, forever.

Want fancier graphics or a smoother frame rate? Check under the options menu for the graphics switch (in most cases the best graphics settings will be set automatically, we just included it as an option so you can tailor your own space experience to taste).

Questions, comments, queries or requests for things you would like to see in an update can be sent to us at

Plays best on an iPhone 5 / iPad Air or newer.

What’s New

Version 1.1

-Greatly improved performance on older devices
-Additional ship
-Sensitivity controls added to the options menu
-Various minor tweaks and fixes

Ratings and Reviews

ChaosKnign ,

So pretty but controls are weird...

While I'll echo what some have written about this shooter, I love the graphics and gameplay.

At first, I was put off by the control scheme, the typical stick and button or two-stick setup. It as uncomfortable holding it in my hands.

What made me pick this up again was that my 3-year old saw me playing this game and immediately liked the shiny explosions. So, I would give him my phone with this game to entertain him while at restaurants or waiting for his mom to finish shopping.

I noticed that he would place the phone on the table or his lap and use one finger to move the ships while using the other one to tap on the "bad guys". It seemed quite natural for him... perhaps the dev is a 3 year-old?

At any rate, I wasn't going to be bested by a 3 year-old, so I tried his method. It's still challenging but enjoyable nonetheless. I love the punishing, crazy Japanese shoot 'me ups, so this is right up my alley. I might add another star if I were to get a choice of control schemes.

In the end, the graphics and gameplay certain sell this for me. Just get ready for the unconventional control scheme.

Lordshadowz ,


The control scheme requires you to control the ship movement all over the screen with your one hand and tap each enemy to then fire while trying to maneuver. It's ridiculous. You can't see anything with both hands all over the screen. It's frustrating. I feel like I wasted money since I can't even play.

bigrand1 ,

Has Good possibilities!!

But I'd like to see a joystick for controlling the ship and some sensitivity control as well as a rapid-fire with a constant press instead of the crazy tapping. Then maybe some weapon variety! Then we're talking about a real good game here!


Andrew Madden
202.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© Andrew Madden


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