Japanese developer GClue, Inc released their first iPhone game last week called Plasma [App Store]. The $0.99 game delivers a simple but effective reflex / target game.

In general, $0.99 apps can be hit or miss. Some apps just seem to "get by" with the barest essentials. Plasma, however, comes with good graphics, good sound effects and a nice soundtrack.

The gameplay is simple. Plasma balls fly across the screen and your job is to destroy them with your finger before they get to the other side. If the ball crosses over to the other side, you lose a bit of your "Life". If your Life meter goes to nothing, the game is over. The game is also enhanced by red Plasma balls you must avoid. Tapping on a red ball also reduces your life meter.

Reading the game description doesn't quite do it justice and the game quickly ramps up to a frantic pace. Watch this video provided by the developer which captures the game well (and also demos the mega plasma ball that eventually appears)

While Plasma keeps track of your high scores locally, the key feature that adds replay value is the inclusion of net rankings so you know how you compare to the rest of the Plasma-playing world.

App Store Link: Plasma

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  • tosui

    Looks good - definitely polished for a buck.

    I've played a few games of this variety (some are even free!) and I keep thinking that there's a little more interactivity that can happen - like maybe adding some green sphere that can destroy anything it touchs and you can drag it to other objects, but loses power the more you use it (and thus, would only be on screen for a limited time depending on use). Something a little more than *just* tap-tap-tapping away would be pretty cool.

  • vandy1997

    There is a game that just came out called StormBlocks that seems to offer a bit more than just tapping the screen. See here: http://appshopper.com/link/stormblocks . I'm not sure if it has a great soundtrack or great sound effects. The graphics are pretty basic as well - colored blocks.

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  • http://dracsoft.com dracflamloc

    Hi there, I'm the author of the StormBlocks game. If you do purchase it, please shoot me an e-mail with any improvements or suggestions you have. I'm an indie developer and would love to make you a happy customer. =)