Star Warfare: Alien Invasion [99¢] is a first-person arena-shooter from Freyr Games, which features wave after wave of relentless attacking alien creatures. The aliens emerge from holes in the wall and from underground, or come flying, bounding or waddling straight towards you from all sides. And once you've shot them, the next wave arrives immediately. It's almost as if you don't even need to explore, as the aliens will come straight for you.

The single player campaign includes five maps, each with six levels of increasing difficulty to unlock (30 levels in total). A progress bar indicates how many of the enemies have spawned and if you survive to the end, your reward is currency to spend in an in-game store. The sixth level of each map is a "survival" level.

In multiplayer mode, you can team with up to three players online (via Game Center) to engage in a co-op boss battle, or to play co-op on a map you've already unlocked. The incentive for fighting bosses is that you earn greater amounts of gold. Unfortunately, these bosses are not accessible in single player mode, although you can set-up a 1 player room online if you want. Playing co-op with teammates makes the boss battles easier, and so does upgrading via single player mode first since the gear you earn in single player mode is also available in multiplayer.

This is a dual stick shooter, with the left stick for movement, the right for aiming and shooting - and there's no option to change this, although you can tweak sensitivity. The dual sticks are located one third of the way up the screen on each side and can't be repositioned. To look around, or turn around, you swipe the background with your finger. You can also use the right (fire) stick to turn, but that's slower and wastes bullets.

There are 26 weapons to unlock and purchase, including assault rifle, shotgun, laser gun and machine guns. The heavier weapons, like grenade launchers, decrease your speed while other powerful weapons like the RPG consume more energy. Each weapon has power, fire-rate and energy attributes and can be upgraded through 8 levels.

The catch is that some items are purchased with money earned in-game, but other weapons and bags (including the cooler ones) are purchased using a raw material named "mytheril" which seems to only be available through in-app purchases or for getting bonuses for playing online regularly. But aside from this premium currency, even the weapons sold for regular in-game currency get very expensive, making the weapon upgrading more difficult than it feels like it should be.

Also, If you run out of bullets, you end up running around the level unable to do anything as there's currently no melee attack or ammo pick-ups. You just have to die or quit, having wasted the remainder of your bullets, which is frustrating, although the developers advise they may possibly introduce a weapon with no ammo cost. The in-game store also sells space suit parts (helmet, chest, hands and legs) which can improve your hit points, power and speed. Other available items include first aid items, forcefields and the ability to revive after death.

Star Warfare: Alien Invasion is a pretty good first-person shooter for a dollar, despite the expensive weapons, emphasis on IAP and need to buy bullets with in-game money. The developers are planning a minor update with new equipment and maps, and a major update with a brand new game mode. If they can also balance out the in-game currency systems in regards to weapon upgrading and ammunition usage, then Star Warfare might be able to extend beyond just being an average to above average shooter.

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  • chris Gras

    So is it average or a 4/5 star game?

    • Drackore0

      4/5 star.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.wolf.182 Tyler Wolf

      I spent real money on this game and deleted it and it's all gone
      Can't get my thrill back

  • http://twitter.com/oooooomonkey Oooooomonkey

    So it's heavy on the IAP and if you run out of bullets you die? Think I'm skipping this one.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TI63Q4663K6B6DAOAKSBKAYSRM Chuck

      Don't skip it, this is an AMAZING game. I'm hooked. There is now an option to use swords which makes it possible to continue on after running out of energy, and the swords are insanely powerful. And it's absolutly FREE!! This is definately a worthwhile investment :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/yanira.rubio.9 Yanira Rubio

      u can buy a sword try it i have its a good wepen try to fight me in the game i am isaias27

  • Anonymous

    Wave after wave of "wave after wave"-games...sorry, have to skip this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000535242719 Alex Lovig

      well, not all the weapons require bullets!!! The swords are actually VERY powerful!!! so... yeah. DONT MISS OUT ON THIS AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • NPeart

         Not sure if you commented on right comment.

        While I don't hate any genre, I hate the oversaturation of these mini games. I don't need many more. I have started to need some longer and more memorable games, more adventure and at least changing millieus. No matter how cheap these games are, I have started to feel, that I waste money on them, as I don't remember them after couple of days. I fondly remember good games for the rest of my life.

  • Anonymous

    Ummm...third person shooter.  You can see your character.
    Agree with this review - good game let down by the grind or pay to upgrade that most games have.  great fun online

    • brendan kirk

      Yeah, I'm so sick of people doing that. Just because you're shooting at crap in front of you doesn't make it a first person shooter, it's really not that hard to figure out. Anyone who's taken 6th grade English should be able to tell from the name what it means, even non-gamers. THIS IS A THIRD PERSON SHOOTER.

      Any "game reviewer" that makes that mistake immediately looses all credibility and everything written afterwards is goat feces. Although he goes on later to call it a dual stick shooter. Time to pull out the genre dictionary buddy!

    • brendan kirk

      Yeah, I'm so sick of people doing that. Just because you're shooting at crap in front of you doesn't make it a first person shooter, it's really not that hard to figure out. Anyone who's taken 6th grade English should be able to tell from the name what it means, even non-gamers. THIS IS A THIRD PERSON SHOOTER.

      Any "game reviewer" that makes that mistake immediately looses all credibility and everything written afterwards is goat feces. Although he goes on later to call it a dual stick shooter. Time to pull out the genre dictionary buddy!

  • Rob Geeson

    IAP is the cancer of gaming.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      Not if it's just an IAP to unlock a full version of a game. IMO every single game should be free with an IAP to unlock full version. How they gate a "demo" would naturally differ between games.

  • Anonymous

    So basically... Star Warfare = Call of Mini: Zombies except with aliens?  I'll pass.

    • Drackore0

      No. No way. This game is CoM Zombies with: way more customization, more types of enemies, online multiplayer, better looking player characters, ammo that is way easier to obtain, and bosses. I love this game, and it's well worth the price - of course, it's still your choice.

  • Jarrod Yin

    1. There is no cash penalty. Players still get all gold earned before killed if running out of ammo and getting killed, ,So ammo isn't wasted because of running out of ammo and death
    2. StarWarfare has online mode but CoM hasn't, and more online contents is in development.   SW's single mode is similiar to that in CoM but better.
    3. TPS not FPS

  • juliette Morgan

    Awesome a bunch of players commenting on a game they didn't even bother trying, hilarious. This game is awesome, so you buy ammo? So what play one round and have enough cash to buy ammo for 10 rounds. So there's IAP weapons? The best weapon in the game is actually a NON IAP weapon, the IAP weapons are just for flair. So you have to grind a bit to upgrade your weapons? No? Shock horror? Believe it or not this game is designed to last more than 5 minutes.

    The online co op is great, you can do bosses and earn even more cash, I just did an endless with 3 players and earned 2 million. That's enough cash to buy any item in the game or enough ammo to last all night.

    Seriously get a clue before commenting. Such an awesome game with new content coming soon to boot, that's more than I can say for most apps on the app store.

  • Drackore0

    The review says there are no ammo pickups - there are ammo pickups - they're the black/blue energy canisters. As has already been said, it's third-person, not first. Also, you don't need to survive to the end to earn currency. Like in survival mode, you earn it when you die OR leave the game, according to how well you played. The ammo is called energy, and it's 1 energy per 1 currency - nice and easy to afford. 1 match earns you enough money for at least twice the ammo you used.

  • rain child

    To the reviewer: your review is trash. Prices of weapons reach over million "dollars" (in game currency) but you can earn it... thru "farming" strategies; there's even no need to finish all the stages. Just use your head and cook up a strategy. Also, weapons bought using in-game cash, although not as much as powerful with that of IAP items at first, are totally "upgrade-able." Lastly, the best part of the game is the multiplayer-online mode; the single player mode is just a way to earn money and upgrade... I mean, what's the point in killing dumb random aliens? it's always more fun to best other players. So, before you make a review, explore the game well first.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/yanira.rubio.9 Yanira Rubio

    i am the best at at the game and i can beat any one u will see my user name is isaias27 its good  try it

  • Gavincarvalho

    Love this game got so far in the game and I still don't get bored it MAD!!!epic and fun!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gavincarvalho

    Love this game got so far in the game and I still don't get bored it MAD!!!epic and fun!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wyatt

    I was just wondering. Is there a way to get my character back from one device to another? It gave me a choice "download" or "upload" I clicked upload, I thought that would give me my old character, but it made me start over. Is there a way I can get my old character back?

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Needs a new review,it is soooo much better now

Star Warfare:Alien Invasion Reviewed by Troy Woodfield on . Rating: 4