In early August, JadeGame released its 2D scrolling shooter MetalAngel [App Store] through the iTunes App Store.  We took a look at the v1.0 release and found it to be highly disappointing.  In that release, the player moves level to level, dragging or tapping an auto-firing spaceship around the screen, dodging enemy fire, destroying enemy craft, and picking up gems and various power-ups.  That's all fine and well--it's just that the game was slow.  Everything about the game was slow.  Slideshow slow.  It was basically unplayable.

A v1.1 update arrived shortly thereafter which did little to help the situation.  It replaced the touchscreen controls with an over-sensitive accelerometer control system that made the game less playable than before.

Author Julian Meyer recently responded to the loud criticism and released MetalAngel v1.2, a significant update that brings dramatic performance improvements.

Changes in v1.2, according to JadeGame:

  • Game core has been heavily optimized for faster speed
  • Game inputs selection panel added to be able to select the way you would like to control your spaceship [ Touch screen mode / Full accelerometer mode ]
  • Weapons are better, monsters are stronger
  • Many bug fixes

Does the v1.2 right all the wrongs?  The game is much improved--definitely playable.  But there's room for improvement yet.  A further speed boost would be welcome; it still feels a bit slower than a scrolling shooter should.  A greater variety of enemies and backdrop scenery would make the game more appealing, as well.

Have a look at a video recently posted by the author that shows v1.2 gameplay and decide for yourself if MetalAngel is worth your $3.99 [App Store].

A discussion of MetalAngel v1.2 can be found in our forums.

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