Energy Storm (Free) by Matt Jogela-Hall puts you in the cockpit of a ship capable of switching back and forth between light and dark colors as you gather energy.
This is your classic shoot em up game, with your ship zooming through the sky as it approaches an onslaught of other trigger happy ships.
Your ship shoots automatically and will gather up balls of energy to release against the enemy ships. Just as your ship is either light or dark, so are the enemies.
Shooting enemies of the opposite color of yours means dealing double damage to them. Switching back and forth from light to dark is as easy as lifting your finger off the screen. You’ll need to constantly be aware of what color you are, versus which color you’re up against.
The interface is pretty bare bones. Probably the main thing it lacks is a tutorial.
You’re presented with a brief tutorial as you play for the first time, but it’s easy to get lost in “What the heck am I doing?” that you may not be able to pay attention to them.
Near as I could tell, the only way to revisit the tutorial was by deleting and reinstalling the app.
This app is free, though you’re limited to only one of three ships. The default ship, the Viper, is like trying to win a sword fight with a wooden sword. I mean, you need at least something because it’s dangerous to go alone, but the other two ships are much more powerful.
Luckily, you can demo the paid ships for a limited span of gameplay. The difference in firepower is like night and day and all the bigger ships I feared encountering in the Viper exploded like microwaved potatoes with the higher ships.
Fans of the shoot em up genre will want to give this game a shot. It’s not the most advanced game on the block, such as Bug Princess 2, but its switching back and forth of light and dark is certainly a unique spin on the game.