Last week, we told you about Glitchsoft’s upcoming Star Marine: Infinite Ammo, a run ‘n gun shooter that looks to capture the magic of classic action platformers like Contra and Metal Slug. A game like Contra demands precision in its controls due to the hectic action on screen, and it’s hard to say whether or not that type of precision can be possible with virtual touch screen controls. Star Marine is hoping it’s found the answer to this problem by taking a dual-stick approach to its control scheme, which is looking pretty good so far.
In our preview last week there were just screenshots for Star Marine, but Glitchsoft has just released a trailer for the game so you can get an idea of what it looks like in action.
From the trailer, a few things stick out at me as looking particularly awesome. It appears there are quite a few weapons to use, including one that looks a lot like the infamous spread gun from Contra. Also, I really like some of the enemies that are absolutely humongous, sometimes filling up the entire screen. Finally, Star Marine incorporates a feature that slows down your descent when you’re falling through the air, giving you a better opportunity to lay waste to the enemies on the screen. I imagine this coupled with the dual-stick controls will allow a game like Star Marine to be quite playable with a touch screen.
Star Marine: Infinite Ammo is scheduled for a release this week, and we’ll be looking to get our hands on the title to see just how well it turned out when it hits the App Store.