Lander Hero ($2.99) by Antti Lehtinen has you piloting a ship from one side of the screen to the other by using carefully timed thruster bursts.
The story (shown on YouTube) depicts action much more epic than what you actually do in the game. Hovering from one platform to another has nothing to do with an invading alien army. That’s not to say this game isn’t fun.
The controls include a button on each side of the screen to control your thrusters. A line down the middle of the left circle divides it into left and right thruster controls. By default, the left half of the button controls your left thruster and the other half your right thruster.
While this may seem like a no-brainer, it actually means that if you want to go right, you have to fire your left thruster to push you in that direction. If that doesn’t work for you, the settings menu has an option to change it.
The other button controls your main thruster, which will push you upwards. Fuel is limited, and the main thruster will consume it faster, so you’ll need to be careful about how much you use.
Stars are spread throughout the level. You’ll need to catch at least half of them in order to finish the level. With 50 levels, across three different worlds, there will certainly be plenty of star collecting.
Other lander games, such as eBoo and RubyHunter HD, include a steep learning curve for piloting the ship and for acquiring the perfect touch to avoid exploding. This game is by far much more forgiving.
Your ship can really take a beating, thanks to the protective shields it offers. But even crashing isn’t so bad, considering how funny it is to watch the pilot tumble around.
At $2.99, the price is a bit steep in my opinion. However, if you like lander games, but get easily frustrated with versions that are too demanding, then this game would be for you.