John Bowers of EspressoSoft has informed us that version 1.1 of StarSmasher [App Store] is now available for download. (At the time of this writing the App Store is still showing the available version as 1.0.3, but the new version is actually sent upon download.)
StarSmasher, which we reviewed earlier, is a 3D "on-rails" space shooter. The gameplay involves dodging asteroids, shooting enemies, and avoiding landmines, as you try to build up your score. Each game offers 3 space ships and a shield indicator. As you get bounced around by asteroids and enemy fire, your shields will weaken until your ship is ultimately destroyed.
The version 1.1 update brings significant enhancements:
- "Energy Monger" play mode added (pictured), featuring 30 levels of increasing difficulty, fewer asteroids, new enemy types, and two attainable bonus levels. Energy Monger mode runs at a higher framerate (thanks to a complete game engine rewrite) and features background music.
- More polished sound effects
- Improved memory management
- Original play mode preserved, untouched, as "Free Flight" mode
StarSmasher [App Store] is available for $2.99 through the iTunes App Store.