NanoFighter screen

The world leader has fallen sick, and has ordered you and many others to be shrunk to a microscopic size and injected in his bloodstream.

Your mission is to destroy as many parasites, viruses and alien invaders as you can.

So begins PDJ Apps recent iPhone release NanoFighter [App Store].

NanoFighter is an unforgiving, futuristic dual-controller shooter in the vein of Robotron and Geometry Wars.  Your mission is to wage microbiological warfare against a variety of formidable enemies.

The game presents dual onscreen touch control of a craft besieged with aggressive micro organisms.  The left touch wheel controls movement and the right controls the direction of fire, while a button at the bottom center detonates a smart bomb -- it's an arrangement that works rather well.  Along the way, shield and weapons power-ups as well as extra bombs can be picked up to aid in the fight.

The graphics are clean yet simplistic and the levels are fairly sparce.  There's no career or story mode, just level-to-level survival, but NanoFighter offers frantic shooter action in droves. Local and global online high scores offer the primary incentive to play again.

See the developer's gameplay video.

NanoFighter, with its somewhat retro aesthetic, is simple, frantic, and fun.

App Store Link: NanoFighter, $2.99

  • Ahiru

    looks fun, i'm still enjoying belowscape, this might be the next survival shmup in my list..

  • Ahiru

    looks fun, i'm still enjoying belowscape, this might be the next survival shmup in my list..

  • Big Albie

    You may want to look at this and Anomaly, another top retro shooter.

    • NotYou

      Which do you like better?

      I think the enemies look much more interesting in this, but Anomaly looks like it has more variety.

      • arn

        here's my take on it. Anomaly has more game to it. Nano Fighter has a better feel to the ship and controls.

  • Big Albie

    You may want to look at this and Anomaly, another top retro shooter.

    • NotYou

      Which do you like better?

      I think the enemies look much more interesting in this, but Anomaly looks like it has more variety.

      • arn

        here's my take on it. Anomaly has more game to it. Nano Fighter has a better feel to the ship and controls.

  • http://tekkdrop.com Dave Justice

    I was waiting for a game like Geometry Wars! Why is it being changed or whatever!

  • http://tekkdrop.com Dave Justice

    I was waiting for a game like Geometry Wars! Why is it being changed or whatever!

  • Rad

    This game is at $1.99 now, it reminds me of of Belowscape, Anomaly is currently at $2.99 and doesn't appear to have landscape mode. I think I will get This one and wait for Anomaly to drop in price.

  • Rad

    This game is at $1.99 now, it reminds me of of Belowscape, Anomaly is currently at $2.99 and doesn't appear to have landscape mode. I think I will get This one and wait for Anomaly to drop in price.

  • istopmotion

    Does it have any powerups? Looks fantastic, but if you can't use other weapons I won't bother. I love Geometry Wars, so I'll just stick with that if I have to.

    • p

      Yeah you get better and better weapons

  • istopmotion

    Does it have any powerups? Looks fantastic, but if you can't use other weapons I won't bother. I love Geometry Wars, so I'll just stick with that if I have to.

    • p

      Yeah you get better and better weapons

  • Mukukooru

    Graphics look kind of neat but I would think that just flying around an open area trying to survive would get old quick. I think what sets Anomaly apart is the fact that you have to navigate your ship through a map in order to complete a level. There are many different levels and also there are many different versions of the same level with different obstacles, enemy spawns and power up locations. For the replayability that I get from Anomaly, I think it's worth the extra buck. If you're a fan of top-down shooters, I really think you'll like it.

    • Big Albie

      Having played both, I couldn't agree more. Reviews for both are in their respective threads.

      • Gamelover

        I've played both and nanofighter hasn't gotten old...and I find it much more entertaining... There are new enemies constantly, all you two have to do is get good enough to get to those harder levels ;)

  • Mukukooru

    Graphics look kind of neat but I would think that just flying around an open area trying to survive would get old quick. I think what sets Anomaly apart is the fact that you have to navigate your ship through a map in order to complete a level. There are many different levels and also there are many different versions of the same level with different obstacles, enemy spawns and power up locations. For the replayability that I get from Anomaly, I think it's worth the extra buck. If you're a fan of top-down shooters, I really think you'll like it.

    • Big Albie

      Having played both, I couldn't agree more. Reviews for both are in their respective threads.

      • Gamelover

        I've played both and nanofighter hasn't gotten old...and I find it much more entertaining... There are new enemies constantly, all you two have to do is get good enough to get to those harder levels ;)

  • p

    it's only 1.99 now...

    • kg444

      actually... only $0.99 now! :)

  • p

    it's only 1.99 now...

    • kg444

      actually... only $0.99 now! :)

  • http://www.ianhoar.com Ian

    Might have to check this out tonight. Love Geometry Wars and this looks like it has that feel to it.

  • http://www.ianhoar.com Ian

    Might have to check this out tonight. Love Geometry Wars and this looks like it has that feel to it.

  • Lukeb

    When's Nanofighter 2 gonna be released?

  • Lukeb

    When's Nanofighter 2 gonna be released?