Space games are a dime a dozen. Finding one that looks good is a bit of a challenge. Star Splitter manages to accomplish the task, though. This space-based rail shooter has bright and complex scenery and a pretty cool system for ship upgrades and universes to explore. For the price tag of free, it's a pretty well-rounded game.

The one major downfall is that the controls can be a bit janky. While you have your choice of accelerometer or touch screen controls, you only move the ship itself around. This, in turn, decides where your ship's guns are pointing. It's a bit like trying to walk a cat by attaching a rope to its tail. It's a very indirect way of controlling an already stubborn system and it's likely to frustrate everyone involved.

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That being said, once you get used to how the controls work, it does become quite a bit easier. Plus, the game looks great. It's not exactly beautiful, per se, but it is one of the more finely-designed space shooters I've seen. Coupled with a variety of weapons and levels to explore, it looks to be at least a decent time waster. And did I mention it's free?

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  • brandon

    did you mean starfox...

    • Justin Bale

      Yeah, I think he did. The whole time I'm thinking this looks nothing like starcraft LOL. But starfox makes way more sense.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I think it's more the UI elements and menus, not the genre itself.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Nope. I meant Starcraft. The aesthetic looks very similar to Starcraft's design style, especially the most recent release. The bright blues and yellows, the menu style, etc. The gameplay is obviously very different, but I never said that it was. I just said it kinda reminds you of Starcraft. Which, at least for me, it does.

      • Justin Bale

        Yeah after playing it I can now see what you mean. It doesn't play like the game, but the aesthetic looks like sc2.

  • http://twitter.com/nemo20000 nemo

    There seems to be some confusion on the part of the developer as to exactly how far away stars are.

  • kjb

    Agree it is a good game, certainly one of the very best 4 free. My only comment is that a starship free screen would be even better to make it a 1PS. The sight could then be upgraded slightly and a damage indicator fitted into the HUD. I realise this is personal preference but watching a small ship from the outside is not as good as flying a small ship from the inside.

    Otherwise a high quality piece of dev with interesting potential to enhance & commercialise. I would be happy to fly a ship belonging to the CocaCola Empire....