By Michael Brough
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You are stranded on rogue planet Zaga-33! Explore deep into its mysterious caverns. Fight off horrible green monsters and discover esoteric alien artifacts. Destroy the alien Cortex to escape.
"Few games are as hypnotic or menacing as Zaga-33, a top-down exploration adventure in which you somehow work your way through an oppressive alien world. Fast-paced and pleasingly nasty." - 500 Must-have Apps, The Telegraph, 3 October 2012
What's New in Version 2
- swipe controls
- portrait orientation
- some bugfixes
- simple attack animation
- nothing secret
Brilliant minimalist roguelike
This is the first iOS roguelike I've really gotten into. I think it's because the minimalism allows the game to breathe on the iPhone screen, instead of trying to cram too much information and too many decisions into what should be an intuitive device. The game is tough, and very much a tactical puzzler where you need to plan ahead, but very rewarding when you finally get the hang of eluding the numerous enemies. I was frustrated by the controls at first, but I've had no problems since switching to the swipe options. Try the free PC version if you're not sure about the gameplay, but for the last few weeks I've been very glad to have access to this when I'm on the train.
Also, there are super hard secret levels! It'll be more rewarding if you find them yourself, so that's all I'll say.
Despite a few Rogue-like details, this is a very different kind of game. Half puzzle, trying to move safely and avoid the monsters. Half managing your limited (and sometimes unknown) powerups. The goal is just survival. (Well, if there's something more at the end, I've never made it that far! EDIT: I beat the boss on Level 25 and won! Glad I saved up some Drones. You can get a higher score by having more stuff left unused.)
I bought it due to a TA review, and I'm loving it. Also, the music and style put me in a hypnotic trance...
I prefer the alternate control scheme, swiping like you can in Pac Man. (iCade support would be a nice addition, even if touch was still used for some things.)
the coffee break roguelike
Zaga-33 has been in constant rotation for me ever since I purchased my ipad lo these three weeks ago. It's a light roguelike - don't go in expecting hours on end of play. But do expect to spend minutes per day chipping away at the world, improving your understanding of enemy patterns, when to use items and when not to, trying to survive in this alien landscape.
For those who like quick games with a fair amount of depth, this is a solid choice. It's far and away my favorite roguelike on the app store, and the new swipe controls have actually made the experience even that more pleasant.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Apr 30, 2012
- Version: 2
- Size: 6.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Michael Brough
- © 2012 Michael Brough
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).