If for some reason you were holding off on downloading Fish Labs' Galaxy on Fire 2 [Free], you officially just ran out of excuses. For the first time ever, this space shooter is totally free. If you need that extra push over the edge, you could check out our review, but really, you should just download it.

Galaxy on Fire 2 comes in two varieties these days, the free version is the "standard definition" one. If you've got a newer device and want all the fancy (and huge, in a file-size sense) graphical effects, you'll need to spring for Galaxy on Fire 2 HD [Free]. So, if you've a new iPad, give the free version a shot, and if you like it maybe download the HD variety instead?

  • DannyTheElite

    Get this now.
    You won't regret it

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikus2k Nuno Lourenço

    galactic phantasy prelude is free too

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Brown/100003614679113 John Brown

    Incredible game!

  • nightc1

    This is definitely one of the best games on iOS... don't hesitate to get it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/superspandy James Kochalka

    So... if I have an ipad 2, is there any reason to get the HD version? Or is that only for retina screen ipads?

    • ImJPaul

      iPad 2 is retina. Get the HD version.

      • ImJPaul

        Just not the full retina of the 3 and 4. They're more like "super retina".

      • apopagasm

        ipad 2: 1024-by-768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

        not retina in any sense of the word

      • Ryan Bach

        iPad 1 and 2 (and the Mini) are 1024x768. iPad 3 and 4 are 2048x1536. There have only been two display resolutions ever used on a product called 'iPad' and the iPad 2 has the smaller one. It's not Retina by any stretch of the imagination.

      • Adams Immersive

        iPad 2 is not retina. Only iPad 3 and 4 are.

      • makitango

        they're both optimized for retina, it is only that the hd version has high details enabled and the sd version has low details disabled. you can even run the hd version on a 3Gs, but i don't think it's a good idea, fps-wise.
        however, i really dislike the app-fragmenting and they could've just updated the game like everyone else has, with less powerful devices having some fancy details disabled. I was annoyed to buy almost everything twice, counting the IAPs towards it.

      • makitango

        low details disabled -> enabled, of course. >.<

    • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

      IPad 2 is of course not retina, but the HD version is optimised for it, it have cool effects like the retina devices, just with lower resolution :). But why you dont read the descriptions?

  • Black8Hole

    This is a real Gud STEAL FREE

  • http://twitter.com/Pyrolys Maxim Hinz

    I once bought the full game for 8$.
    A few monthes later, they released a separate Retina game instead of updating the original one (something no other company has dared to do I believe).
    Won't ever buy one of their games again.

    • felipe

      Live with that.. Also never buy an iPhone, Apple will release another soon

      • http://twitter.com/Pyrolys Maxim Hinz

        Man this is so unrelated.

      • just0

        It's an $8 game. Well worth the money IMO

      • REkzkaRZ

        It was related -- snarky humor.
        It wasn't particularly insightful, tho.

      • RonCouturier

        He was being a smart ass...WOW

    • Th3R3n3gad3

      (Turns on the youareaidiot virus) lol!
      Live with it!!!

    • Colten Moore

      If you're talking about Galaxy on Fire 2/HD, both have retina, but one had HD resolution and graphics designed to suit newer devices. There was a file size difference of 800MB and it would have rendered the game unplayable on devices that could support the original, so yes, it was absolutely justifiable to release HD instead. Besides, they give Valkyrie to everybody who owns both versions anyway, so either you didn't upgrade (and the game still looks nice and is relatively compact), or you did (if you're like me, during a $.99 sale for HD) and got Valkyrie cheaper than normal for your trouble. There is iCloud support between the HD and SD versions, so you needn't even lose your save (though I did anyway, so I could replay the game on the hardest difficulty).

      Finding it really hard to feel sorry for you, man.

      • http://twitter.com/Pyrolys Maxim Hinz

        A lot of games automatically look better or worse depending of the device you have, pretty sure they could have done that.
        Maybe it would have been bulkier, but I would have minded less than having to pay twice for the same game. And, no, I don't wanna have to wait for a sale, then be forced to buy the expansion to get the fancy graphics.

        I admit it's not as disgusting as I thought at first ; however I still feel very much like the editor wants you to pay for the game twice, and I'm sure lots of people have.

      • Colten Moore

        I think there's a slight misunderstanding here: you don't have to buy the expansion to get fancy graphics (those are standard with the HD version). In fact, you don't have to buy the expansion at all: if you are an owner of the SD version and you buy the HD version (or vice-versa), the game gives you the Valkyrie expansion on the HD version free of charge. So in addition to the graphical overhaul, you get a $5 expansion tacked on at no extra charge (and it's a good one; I'm still playing through it). I think this was their way of apologizing to early adopters and also encouraging them to move to the HD version (if their device could support it).

        If you're like me, you got Galaxy on Fire 2 HD for $1 on sale (or will, when it is), and then got the $5 expansion for free--a savings of $4 on just getting the expansion.

        But for those not willing to wait for the sale, here's another way of thinking about it:

        Currently, Galaxy On Fire 2 HD is $4.99.
        The Valkyrie expansion pack (on HD or SD) is also $4.99.

        For your $5, you could buy the Valkyrie expansion pack for the SD version... Or, for the same $5, you could get the graphical HD upgrade, and *also* get the Valkyrie upgrade free of charge.

        If you liked Galaxy on Fire 2 enough to consider buying the expansion, then upgrading to HD will cost you the same... And also get you the expansion. Granted, this wasn't true back at release when the game was $10, but it certainly is now.

      • http://twitter.com/Pyrolys Maxim Hinz

        Mmmh. I still think it could have been handled better.

        But actually I also believe you're right for the most part, thank you sir, gonna redownload it and give it a try :)

      • Colten Moore

        Glad to hear it! Let me know how you enjoy it! :D

      • Gamer_Kev

        I agree with this. If a developer wants to upgrade a game in ways that will make it unplayable on older devices that it currently supports, it's best to release it as a separate app as this developer did. Once you buy a game you should be able to feel secure that you will always be able to play it whether you upgrade to new devices or not. Developers who cut off people using older devices who purchases their games with updates are the ones I have a hard time trusting. I have a lot more respect for developers like Fish Labs who choose to go out of their way and release a new app rather cut off fans on older devices. When developers do this I feel a lot more secure in making future purchases from them.

    • quitjoshin

      I bought the sd version when it first came out too. Then they came out with the HD version. I waited till it went on sale for $.99 and bought it too. Not that big of a deal. No reason to swear off their games. But hey it's your loss if you do.

    • Dixon Koontz

      I don't disagree you should feel disheartened, but it's not unheard of for HD versions to get releases as separate apps and GoF wasn't the first.

    • gemacx

      Shit happens.

  • JJE

    Spectacular game. Loads and loads of depth. Not a bad combat system either. Get this game, you won't regret it.

  • Colten Moore

    Everybody, remember that if you have Galaxy on Fire 2 and Galaxy on Fire 2 HD installed on the same device, you can unlock the Valkyrie expansion (a $5 value) on the HD version free of charge, so even if you already have Galaxy on Fire 2 HD already installed on your device, there is literally no reason not to download this game (the Valkyrie expansion remains on the HD version even after removing the SD version).

  • jamarohn

    Man, this game has not aged at all. And even though the HD version is a little over a year old, it's still a very sharp looking title with great depth and touch controls. If there ever was a hall of fame for this platform, this title is a sure candidate.

  • kitrobo

    No iPhone 5 support, no dl

    • Hoggy110

      Are you kidding me?

    • Bloodangel

      The hd one works on ip5 I been told.
      Will hd version work on ip4?

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.schade1 Michael Schade

      Of course we do support iPhone 5 retina display even with GOF2 (SD) but not at full resolution though (we run 960 x 480). That's an issue as we also support legacy devices. You can purchase GOF2 HD and save $4.99 on Valkyrie HD (1st add-on) when GOF2 (SD) is installed on the device as it unlocks it for free. Act quick as this great offer will end soon!

  • http://twitter.com/Midgetcorrupter Rick Payne

    I bought this a while back and thought it was one of the most boring games I've ever seen. It made me think of the old PC games that where designed by programmers instead of game designers.

    Really lacklustre missions and no flair. Shoot 3 ships. Read text. Mine ore. Read text. Mine twice as much ore. Wow you are good at this. Read text.

    • REkzkaRZ

      I got this for free & have been thinking similarly, but it IS kinda fun to fly around in space.
      But like all of these self-declared 'RPG's, it's really more of a market with upgraded equipment wrapped around some type of stuff to do.
      I still haven't found any fantasy books where Conan (or whatever hero you like) goes to the shop and says, "I want that super axe!" But maybe I'm not reading the right ones???

  • m3kw

    This game is 3 stars out of 4 for an iOS game.

  • Madison Gerritsen

    I'd have to get the HD version. Plus the two expansion packs. Kerrrrching. No.

  • pman555

    I'm enjoying the game, but are there any games like this that are multiplayer online?

  • PureRumble

    two connected words: multiplayer!!!

  • King Random

    I pity the people who bought this game just before the sale!
    (first EVER time it has gone FREE!!)

  • DannyTheElite

    Should I buy hd version if it goes on sale just to get Valkyrie

    • pylos

      If you've got the SD version(which is free so go get it) and you buy the HD version for 69p you'll get the valkery expansion free for the HD version. So that's three items just for 69p steal mate ;)