You may have gathered from one or two of our previous posts that there are some Starcraft fanatics lurking around the offices of Android Police (and shouting things like "power overwhelming!" from the editor's desk). So when we saw what's basically a Metroid-style side-scroller apparently starring everyone's favorite autonomous crystal harvester, we had to jump on it. Gene Effect doesn't star an actual Probe, but there's plenty of potential in the game even so, especially if you're a fan of exploration and eye candy.

The game looks like it's got a bit less hustle than the standard "guns out" action platformer, so those who are looking for a relaxing time might be interested. There are a few twitchy segments among the procedurally generated levels, but for the most part, the journey is the reward. You can still upgrade your ship and collect biological and mineral samples while unraveling the game's plot, centered around the history of the mysterious planet Kratoss. (Shaddup, PlayStation fans, it's a mythological reference.) This isn't the kind of game for everyone, but those who dig deep should find a lot to like.

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Graphics and music are great, and while the game appears to be compatible with everything, you might not get the best experience on your dusty old Droid Incredible. You'll also need 124MB of free space, and $3.50.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Kokusho

    Oooh, I have to try this!
    En taro Tassadar !

  • slickware

    But, how do you construct additional Pylons?

    • Kokusho

      B E

  • Jongjungbu

    This looks neat. I'll add it to my Google Play wishlist.

    • Laurence

      I really wish Google Play would let you add stuff to your wish list when using the web store.

      • Thatguyfromvienna


        • Jongjungbu

          Concur! I think this every time I want to add something to my wishlist, which is often.