Galactica HD [rating: 3/5]
Galactica HD is an entertainment application that is described by the developers as an interactive visualizer. The application allows you to control a never ending stream of particles by touching the screen along with a choice of 6 laid back atmospheric tunes which both stimulates and relaxes the senses at the same time.
The application starts in demo mode and with no interaction the screen will begin to flow with a stream of brightly colored particles in a range shapes. Imagine watching a large firework display without the loud noises but instead a soothing backing track.
Of course while you can sit back and relax and just watch the app do it’s thing you can also get interactive and start controlling the imagery on the screen. The first time you play Galactica HD a short tutorial will step you through the options. Being a multi-touch device there are multiple options for you to control the on-screen action.
Swiping a single finger across the screen will emit an explosion, all be it a silent one, of particles across the screen while touching the screen in multiple places will attract all of the on screen particles to your fingers before they escape again as you release your fingers.
The particle colors change periodically which makes the screen fill with a variety of colors although it would be nice to have some control over this and even have the ablility to change the color each time you create a new stream of particles.
There are 6 tracks to play along in the back ground as you play but just like the color of the particle streams you also have no control over which track is playing at any one time. 3 of the tracks are installed by default along with the application and the additional 3 tracks can be downloaded for free once you’ve installed the app.
As you create you visual master pieces you can either take a snapshot of your work of art which will be automatticaly saved to your iPads picture album or you can record a movie which you can playback in the application whenever you want. The application will also output to a projector or an HD-TV with the appropriate cables and this could create a nice entertainment piece and talking point at a party or as back ground entertainment when you have a few friends over.
At $1.99 I think the app is a little over priced even for the iPad. While the app is nice to look at and is entertaining for a while the lack of cuztomization will restrict the long term entertainment value of this app.
- Fingertip control over a colorful stream of particles
- Relaxing chill-out music
- Not enough customization options
- Limited long term value
Reviewed on an Apple iPad
$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Released:Sep 28, 2010
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 18.9 MB
© 2010 Thumbspark Limited
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.