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Gene Effect

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Gene Effect takes place in the not so distant future. Mankind explores space using an ancient technology found in an abandoned alien ore mine on Mars. We are now capable of exploiting resources from foreign planets. One day a mining vessel is missing on the planet Kratoss. What starts as a simple rescue mission turns into the discovery of a secret that threatens the existence of mankind.


Gene Effect is a side scrolling action-adventure. Explore ancient alien mines on the planet Kratoss. Collect resources on your way through deep mines and fight against natural phenomena, biological threats and mechanical devices. You can solve optional puzzles that unlock hidden areas containing relicts, artifacts and other goodies.

Upgrade your ship with artifacts and experience an epic story that unfolds using multiple, interweaved storylines.

Enjoy Gene Effect over and over again with randomized level content, 3 difficulty levels and different play styles.


- controller support
- three different difficulty modes that increase the challenge
- find hidden artifacts to upgrade your ship
- 6 different trophies including score, time and skill based rewards
- statistical overview with interesting facts like overall progress, total playtime, travel distance and many more
- solve optional puzzles and discover secret places
- interactive environments with dangerous traps and tons of destructible objects
- randomly generated level content for varying and dynamic gameplay
- outstanding visuals using dynamic lighting and real physics
- unlock 25 music tracks and listen to them with an integrated music player

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slidetoPlay 4/4 award:"MUST HAVE"
"Gene Effect is great. The levels are huge, the story is compelling, the presentation is spectacular, and the gameplay– while not without problems– is engaging and fun. Gene Effect is highly recommended for anyone looking for a good sci-fi adventure."
"It’s one of the most impressively presented iOS games I’ve played to date, and clearly a lot of work has gone into making it so visually appealing."

TheAppShack 5/5 stars
"Lightstorm3D has definitely shown that they know exactly what it takes to make an amazingly immersive, incredibly depthy game with Gene Effect. The story, gameplay, graphics, controls, music, everything about the game really stands out as top-notch."

iPhoneGamerUK 5/5 stars
"Seriously right off the bat you don’t even need to read this review, you simply need to hit the download button for this game as it is my favourite game this year so far." Award: 8
"Gene Effect is a little iOS-Jewel."

App "Good"
"Gene Effect does offer an engaging experience with a lot of content, and we here at AppSpy give it our recommendation." 5/5 stars
"Highly recommended!"

TouchArcade by Niss Campbell
"It’s a completionist’s dream, with level trophies for speed, careful navigation, and overall score" by Sean Koch
"Once things pick up about four levels in, Gene provides a satisfying break from the action extravaganzas we’ve come to associate with sci-fi games." A-


What's New in Version 1.3.4

Patch 1.3.4

-Controller support added
-Controller can now be turned off in control options
-Controller help screen added

-Many performance improvements

-Added post distortion effect when using repulsor
-Optimized bloom post effect implemented
-Overall brightness increased
-Lensflare post effect removed
-iPhone5 resolution is now supported

-New Triton board computer voice
-Added menu navigation sound when using controller
-Menu voice removed

User Interface
-Lightstorm3D games menu added
-Added controller menu navigation (navigate and scroll text with left analog stick or pad, switch pages with rear buttons, execute with A button, go back with B button)

-Device power saving is now turned off while game is running

Bug Fixes
-Several shader fixed and optimized
-Changing music volume will now be applied properly in all menus
-Fixed camera clip plane problem in mission 18 and 21
-Fixed invisible mine in mission 18
-Goal icon brightness fixed
-Fixed fog brightness in mission 11


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Customer Reviews

Gorgeous, but awful

It's a beautifully designed game. It's just not fun. In fact it's anti-fun. They explain so little, about the controls, the mechanics, how to find things like relics and artifacts, because they want the player to find it all out for themselves. But one of the ways of finding relics is apparently through hidden wall passageways, when the primary objective is to never hit the f'ing wall. The only one I found was from their demo video. There's no way to find them without just running into the wall everywhere, and that's a fail.

LOTS of repetition that is not fun or relaxing. Going around in circles in the same mine. Getting blown up out of nowhere and having to start a whole tedious level over. There is some info in the briefings, but you won't know what it's talking about until after the fact.

So yeah, gorgeous, generally well designed, but not fun for more than 5 minutes. Could be with a little less stinginess with the info, and save points throughout levels.

Amazing, deep side-scroller!

This may be a side-scrolling game, but it's deeper than most 1st person games I've seen on the App Store. The gameplay is slow-paced, and cautious, giving the game a feeling of exploring the unknown. (You are on an alien planet, so it makes sense!)
The soundtrack is nothing short of amazing. It's incredibly epic, and sounds like a multi-million dollar movie!
Let's not forget the stunning visuals, plunging you even deeper into the world of Gene Effect. Everything comes together to create an iOS masterpiece.
If you are a fan of deep sci-fi adventures, this is perfect for you!

Excellent work

Use your highly maneuverable ship to explore an ancient alien mine. Collect minerals and artifacts to fire up strange machines of mysterious origin. This is a well done side scroller with great maps, artwork, and a really good mood setting sound track. Highly playable and addictive, you'll want to try again and again after being blown to bits by a floating mine! I'm hoping there's a sequel, I'm playing it for sure!

Gene Effect
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3.4
  • Size: 230 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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