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Remember the first time you played Star Fox on your Super Nintendo? Remember how your mind was blown by 3D graphics and intuitive gameplay, so much so that you ignored the fact that woodland creatures were engaged in mortal space combat? I wish that I could say that ARC Squadron will rekindle that feeling. It won't. Nintendo made five more Star Fox games. This is the age of Facebook and in-app purchases. You will never feel that first-time wonder again. But ARC Squadron will make you think about that feeling.

Like Star Fox, ARC Squadron is an on-rails, 3D space shooter with impressive graphics and upgradeable ships. The gameplay is a mix of Space Harrier and Space Invaders, boiling down the graphical splendor into something approaching a 2D game with simple slide-and-tap controls. You'll have plenty of time to master them and upgrade your ship and weapons, because the main campaign (in which a space station janitor becomes an unlikely space ace) spans an impressive sixty levels. There are lasers. There are massive bosses. And yes indeed, there are barrel rolls.

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The "Redux" in the title means that this is an upgraded version of the game that came out on iOS nearly a year ago. That being the case, the Unreal-powered graphics are impressive but not exactly cutting edge. And since this is a free game, you can be sure that there are plenty of in-app purchases built around (say it with me now) a currency system for weapons and upgrades. If you're looking for a casual space shooter with a massive amount of content, give ARC Squadron: Redux a shot.

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.
  • Thomas’

    How the mobile world changed within a year.

    They didn't bother releasing the first version on Android last year and now they're releasing the second one on iOS and Android on the same day.

    • http://www.weblineapps.com/ Richard Boss

      In today's era, the competition is so high in the mobile world.

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    man in certain spots does it need better AA

  • Blaine Magee

    Do a barrel roll!

    • Jose Roman

      Falcon ship is in the docking Bay, lol... And who can forget when you beat the first boss and he says: my emperor I failed you!!! Wow! Memories!

  • OmniWrench

    This might have to be one of the most depressing game review intros I've ever read... Really hit home. :-)

    Looks interesting, just how bad/invasive are the IAPs? Is it a "pay a few bucks and you're good" deal, or a "we're nickle-and-diming-you the whole way" thing?

    • Matthew Fry

      There are very few F2P games that are "pay a few bucks and you're good." Can't really monetize on that in the mobile marketplace.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Yeah, sorry about that intro. I really shouldn't write after midnight.

      I took a quick look at the IAPs, and they're not that egregious. They've got the standard "double xp" upgrade, and after that things should get much easier.

  • Jonathan Isenberg

    Another app ruined by IAP's.

    It really sucks that people still buy into games with IAP's...

    • realitysconcierge

      I utterly share your sentiments.

      • Jonathan Isenberg

        Honestly, I feel as though our view falls on deafs ears to the people that need to hear it the most.

        I guess money speaks louder than words...

        • Primalxconvoy

          "Giving advice to the ignorant is like administering medicine to the dead".

    • Thisguyhere

      Have you actually played it yet, or are you just spouting off the usual circlejerk bullshit about IAPs? I'm guessing the latter.

      • Jonathan Isenberg

        I did download it; my argument isn't with the game. The principal of IAP's ruins a lot of games. Unless it's implemented properly, it completely ruins a game.

        I would rather pay $5.00 for a few solid hours (or more) of enjoyment than have to buy certain things in the game to better myself.

      • kingdazy

        IAP's are the cancer of gaming. Period.

        Which makes you either a (crappy) dev trying to bamboozle folks for a few buck with the promise of a better "gaming experience" (vs. an incomplete and frustrating one, aka as a lack of actual ability to make compelling content) or an ignorant troll. I'm also guessing the latter.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Title: " ARC Squadron: Redux Docks In The Play Store To Revive Your Star Fox Memories"

    Review: " Remember the first time you played Star Fox on your Super Nintendo?.. I wish that I could say that ARC Squadron will rekindle that feeling. It won't... You will never feel that first-time wonder again. But ARC Squadron will make you think about that feeling..."


  • Primalxconvoy

    Region restricted game? Do they still MAKE companies like this?

    It seems that our friend Google can find a cracked version to combat both the iap's and the region restricting. To the sideloading machine, Superfriends!

  • Funem

    Not sure what the moaning is about, I have been playing this and haven't even looked at the IAP's. The game is actually quite good, I really doubt you need to even to buy anything. Whilst I hate un-necessary IAP games, I think you should re-write the "review", after you have actually tied the game. The only IAP's are money doubler, but as a free game I see that as a way to pay for the game if you want, and buy currency, which the game gives you quite enough of if you play it, its just for lazy people to progress easier. What you have written is a bad reflection on what is a very good game, with very little IAP's and very little reason to purchase anything. The words "Shame on you" come to mind.