Space Touch – The touch shooter Lite (Free) by Alpha-Tauri Interactive Ltd. is an arcade shooter game that has a tiny ship flying through the bowels of a much larger mother ship. Various defenses are thrown at you as you fly towards your objective, but there are some power-ups available along the way.
Gameplay will alternate between two main modes. First you’ll be able to gain some power-ups. You can fly into spheres that either regenerate your shields (top left) or allow you to pick up some bombs.
How you fly your ship into these spheres depends on which form of control you’ve chosen. Personally I recommend you avoid the tilt control as it seems very badly calibrated. You’ll be holding your iDevice at an extremely uncomfortable angle far to the right. The joy pad provides much better and more stable control.
Once you’re done collecting power-ups, you’ll get to actually kill some stuff. In this mode, you will go from a third person perspective into first person perspective.
Bad guys with giant gaping mouths will fly toward you. Tapping them will one-shot them into oblivion. Here’s where it gets a bit tricky though. Each enemy is outlined by one of three colors: red, blue or green. You have to choose the correct weapon color on the left to be able to destroy the corresponding enemy.
At the top of your weapon choices, you’ll also have access to the bombs you collected earlier. The bombs can be a great help as they can destroy an enemy of any color. Be careful though, as they are limited in number.
Sometimes you’ll have one or two of these guys aiming a beam of electricity at your shield. You will need to kill those off first to keep yourself in the game.
As you play through subsequent levels, you’ll have to face greater challenges such as enemies that hide behind one another and bosses.
There are much better arcade shooter games with more enemies, a greater variety of weapons and better graphics. However, Space Touch should keep you entertained for a while and there’s a lite version in case you aren’t ready to commit to a full purchase of $1.99.