Imagine your life as a fat multi-armed dude named "All Waka" chilling out in space relaxing and eating rocks all day. Sounds good, right? Well, what would you do when an irritating alien race known as the "Wikus" come crashing your siesta? Slap them back in to space of course. I mean, it only seems logical, doesn't it? That's the premise of Get Outta My Galaxy! [99¢] in a nutshell.

All Waka's movement in the game is controlled by tilting, and your multiple appendages can be sent flying by tapping anywhere on the screen. Each level, much like Super Mario Galaxy is a unique planet with different kinds of vegetation, obstacles, and more. They're all spherical in shape, and generally are small enough that you never really get lost. Progressing in the game requires clearing a planet of Wikus, which just involves giving them a smack with one of your arms. There's a number of different types of Wikus, and various power-ups as well to mix things up. After you've "dealt with" all of the offending Wikus, you need to make it to a glowing stone of sorts, hit that, and you're off to the next planet.

You can see how this goes together in the following gameplay video:

The game starts off incredibly simple, with you just randomly running around open planets slapping errant aliens. It's almost too simple, and really my first complaint is how slowly the difficulty of the game ramps up. I about got bored of it just as it was starting to get cool, and it does get cool. Planets slowly evolve in to worlds filled with plants that can hurt you, maze-like walls, puzzles involving switches to open doors to access restricted areas, and more. It's a ton of fun once you get to the more complicated levels, so make sure you stick with the game at least through the first galaxy.

Another thing I'd really like to see tweaked is how the tilt controls actually work. I feel like you need to tilt way too much to make your character move, and would much prefer a higher sensitivity setting. However, this and the difficulty progression are minor complaints, and shouldn't dissuade you at all from giving this game a shot.

Forum members are having a great time with the game, and I can't help but agree. Get Outta My Galaxy is a fantastic little game that not only looks great, but also is a lot of fun. Just make sure you stick with it long enough to see some of the more interesting level mechanics.

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  • Jason

    As good as Super Mario Galaxy, I imagine!

  • Hussey A S

    Hodapp. The guy's name is Waka. No 'All' in front of it.

  • Gomoda

    This kind of quality game develpment will kill the DS and PSP.......

  • Toni Laakso

    Yeah, the character is meant to be "Waka", not "All Waka". By no means is this a biggie and it's my press copy to blame, not the people that interpret it. And hey, truth be told, it doesn't sound half bad!-)

  • Sinnical

    Looks really boring.

    • Tina Aspiala

      Looks like it's not your kind of game.

  • Alex

    (Why aren't my comments showing up on this site? This is the second time I've had to repost a comment. Please fix your board.)

    This game is quite fun, but it's buggy. I've had the game crash to the homescreen several times since I started playing, usually when I cut grass and it extends the length of time any one level lasts. Try playing any level long enough to see it crash to the main screen. I've restarted my iPhone and even re-installed the game, but the bug still occurs. Otherwise, it's great!

    I really enjoy this game though and the graphics are great considering it's file size. I hope the game lasts a good long time and new galaxies are added in the future.

    • sampoman

      Hi, Alex,

      Which handset model are you playing the game with? I've heard that that 3g (8gb model) with a lot of stuff installed may crash sometimes due to lack of memory.

      We haven't been able to crash the game with any of our test handsets, but there are some performance issues on low-end devices that we're planning to address in the next update...

      • Alex

        Hi, an iPhone 4 32 gb. It has 1.5 gb free space and I closed many apps already with the same results.

        Love the game.

      • sampoman


        The game shouldn't crash in any case on iPhone4 due to memory problems... We've been extensively playing it on pretty much all the handsets and we haven't had any problems on iPhone4...

        Anyway, we're currently investigating possible memory issues so we'll keep everyone updated in case we find something.

      • sampoman

        Oh, btw, if you could provide a bit more information about the crash to us, it would make fixing this a lot easier.

        Could you please contact me via private message (my account here is sampoman)?

  • Terry

    I love this little gem! However, I wish there was a little more depth like Sikhs invasion back story, level quests, scoring, boss fights and multiplayer! I kno, I'm asking way to much...

  • Terry

    Damn autocorrect! "wikus" invasio backstory

  • Moocow

    Hey, isn't that the companion cube from Portal?

  • Chance617

    Random crashes to the home screen too. Hoping for a quick fix soon.
    Iphone 4
    2gb free memory

    • sampoman

      Quick question: do you have a game center account? If you do, does the game show you a "welcome back (your accout)" popup in the home screen?

    • sampoman

      ... I'd like to ask the same thing as I asked Alex earlier - if you could provide any more information to us, we'd really appreciate that. Please contact me (sampoman) via private message?


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  • Fredrik Jackson

    Fun game, but the planets could be a little more variated and maybe a little lighter. And it could of course had a bigger story. Otherwise, a good pastime.

Get Outta My Galaxy! Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4