211937_4Occurro! [App Store], a top-down space shooter by Acceleroto, developer of Air Hockey [App Store], was released late last night. While there are several games that have gameplay similar to Geometry Wars, none have controls anywhere near as well done as Occurro!.

Gameplay is exactly what you would expect from a top-down space shooter. You fly around, avoiding an endless supply of enemies, and shoot everything that moves while collecting power ups that both increase your score multiplier and your firepower. When things get too hairy, you can double-tap the screen to drop bombs and when you die, scores are submitted to a online leaderboard.

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Where Occurro! really shines is in the controls. In the options you can choose between tilt and touch controls. Both methods have a virtual joystick to control your lasers, and touch control adds a second virtual joystick to control both your direction and speed.

In any shooter, controls are everything, and I really can't stress enough how much Occurro! nails it. Regardless of what input method you use, both just feel "right." This takes what would just be a simple top-down 99¢ shooter to something for other developers to aspire to when making similar games.


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Currently in the game there is only one power-up to increase the width of your laser beam, and there isn't any way to customize the sensitivity of the controls if you don't like the defaults. Other than that, Occurro! is a simple but solid 99¢ title.

For more information on Occurro!, including mention of an already-submitted 1.1 update, check out the thread in our forums. There are a few bugs that are being addressed in the update. If you're a Twitter user, I highly recommend following the developer (@GrouchoDuke) as his feed is one of the more interesting ones I follow.

App Store Link: Occurro!, 99¢

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  • wegmans

    way to many space shooter games out there for me to decide...

  • wegmans

    way to many space shooter games out there for me to decide...

  • Fugazi

    total rip of "2079"... available in appstore for months now.

  • Fugazi

    total rip of "2079"... available in appstore for months now.

  • danny

    it looks so boring. circuit strike one is the best top down space shooter hands down

  • danny

    it looks so boring. circuit strike one is the best top down space shooter hands down

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Veeeery average game and a bit boring.
    Isotope and cs.one are another league.
    The art style is very uninspired. The controls are ok, but it's definitely not the first game, which nails it and also not the best.
    I miss some inspiration, creativity, power.... it is just there and doesn't shine.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Veeeery average game and a bit boring.
    Isotope and cs.one are another league.
    The art style is very uninspired. The controls are ok, but it's definitely not the first game, which nails it and also not the best.
    I miss some inspiration, creativity, power.... it is just there and doesn't shine.

  • http://www.matecha.net/ amatecha

    Looks totally awesome IMO. When I first saw this I recorded some gameplay of the old Mac game "Battle Girl" to show the developer, as his game (Occurro!) really reminded me of Battle Girl. Then again, it's a pretty common style of top-down arcade game. Here's one of the videos I recorded to show him.. ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWsypt_6n2g

  • http://www.matecha.net/ amatecha

    Looks totally awesome IMO. When I first saw this I recorded some gameplay of the old Mac game "Battle Girl" to show the developer, as his game (Occurro!) really reminded me of Battle Girl. Then again, it's a pretty common style of top-down arcade game. Here's one of the videos I recorded to show him.. ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWsypt_6n2g

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Cool video.
    And even Battle-Girl looks way more ambitious.
    Cool graphics for its time and a great soundtrack.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Cool video.
    And even Battle-Girl looks way more ambitious.
    Cool graphics for its time and a great soundtrack.

  • Andrew H

    this game is not good. I played it and deleted it right after. Im not that sad because it was cheap but I don't recommend playing it. Isotope and CS.one are much much better by miles.

  • http://na Andrew H

    this game is not good. I played it and deleted it right after. Im not that sad because it was cheap but I don't recommend playing it. Isotope and CS.one are much much better by miles.

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