‘Zero Chance’ Space Maze / Shooter

Austrian developer Philipp Luftensteiner has just released space maze / shooter Zero Chance [link] through the App Store.  Zero Chance is both a top-down and a 3D third-person game–the orientation of the iPhone or iPod touch determines the perspective.

ZERO CHANCE is the ultimate challenge for the modern spaceman. In a distant future the space pilot is confronted with countless dangers. After the destruction of the mothership he has to survive in a hostile environment. Left on his own he faces terrifying alien technologies and fights his way to the inner planetary core consisting of turbocharged antimatter, where secret knowledge awaits him.

The situation seems hopeless. Very hopeless.

This on-rails title, which in third-person mode has a feel somewhat reminiscent of Game Arts’ classic Silpheed, challenges the player to travel through space, successfully negotiating fields of obstacles of increasing complexity.  The top-down and third-person view modes each offer different ship control capabilities and certain situations can only be handled by one or the other mode, in particular.

Zero Chance features touch screen controls for ship navigation, speed and laser activation.  Gameplay ranges across 10 levels, from hyperspace to the surface of a planet to the core of an alien world.  Minefields, meteorite showers and towering laser turrets are among the hazards to overcome.  An online scoreboard allows ranking against players around the world.

See the developer’s gameplay video.

App Store Link: Zero Chance, $3.99