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Jun
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Platformers have been done to death on mobile devices, but Project 83113 has a unique visual flare and the solid controls to make everyone take note. Project 83113 follows the exploits of Belle, the last hope for victory against the machines. It turns out the secret to defeating a race of evil machines is guns - lots and lots of guns. Luckily, Belle has four arms with which to hold guns. How convenient!

The game isn't about precision like many platformer titles. Instead you use a system of swipes to control Belle's movement, and a lot of it is on autopilot. That's a very low-bandwidth activity, which frees up your brain to tap clusters of enemies to unleash devastating (but pretty) energy blasts. The game gets faster as time goes on, and there are various weapon upgrades that make the action all the more impressive.

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With all the polish on display here, I would have expected to pay a little something for the game. Instead, it's free, but the description claims that is a limited time arrangement. I'm not sure if I believe that seeing as the game makes use of in-app purchases already. You can buy game currency to upgrade your weapons faster than you would otherwise be able to. Even if you don't like the upsell, this game is worth a look.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Dark

    I figured I'd give it a try and snatch it up while it is free. This game is awesome. I started playing and didn't want to stop. This is a must have.

  • Ibrahim Awwal

    From what I know you can't retroactively make a free app paid, so not sure what they mean if they've already got in-app purchases (I guess the game could lock itself if you don't make an in-app purchase, but that would be scummy and sure to upset people).

  • fixxmyhead

    Kinda looks like a gay sonic lol

  • guest

    is this the same ncsoft from guild wars 2?

  • wildkarrde21

    Anyone else think that ditty sounds like the Castle theme?

    • http://twitter.com/vandelay_art Marc R.

       Yeah a little bit, but the Castle theme is not very long, it only plays a few notes during the opening credits. 

      Anyone get this to work on Acer A500 tablet
      The title screen and music loads but will have an overlay of "Unfortunately Project 83113 has stopped"  And options For OK or Report.  Then I click either and the app closes.

      • CeluGeek

         It crashed on my 10.1 Galaxy Tab 2, though it works on a Captivate Glide and an Xperia Pro. I think Project 83113 doesn't like tablets. :(

      • Jack Black

         Same here on my TF300 :(
        They definitely did not test tablet support...

  • DragonGunner

    I like it.

  • Not enough minerals

    a good lesson on how not to name a game.

  • CeluGeek

     Project 83113... hmm, that can be decoded to "Project Belle".

  • opal

    I dont like it.

  • ddrok

    it's gone! gone from the market...
    is there a way to play it nowadays?