Subsolar [rating: 4/5]
At first look you will think that Subsolar for iPhone ($1.99, View in iTunes) is just another game in the App Store. For those that were fans of Love Battle Princess, it’s a re-skin. Either way you look at it, it’s as simple as collect the blue orbs while dodging the red ones. There are added obstacles and power-ups that keep the game fun and fresh. The game play from Love Battle Princess is kept fully intact in Subsolar but the theme and music have changed the game and some might say for the better.
Subsolar is a re-themed version of Love Battle Princess with new visual and audio aspects. The game play is essentially the same so if you have one, I’m not sure that there is much value in the other. However, I have been very impressed with the overall presentation of the game. You are greeted by a very sleek main menu that offers several options. Mission mode and Survival mode are the two game modes. You will be asked to complete all of the tutorials before actually jumping into either game mode.
Tutorials, in my opinion, are crucial to the user experience of many games. Games without a solid understanding of what to do and how to do, many games fail to meet the expectations of the user and ultimately get passed up. The tutorial of this game is thorough and definitely aids you in learning the inner working of the game and strategies that will aid you throughout your journey.
Subsolar is addictive to tell the truth. Collecting blue orbs and avoiding red orbs doesn’t sound like much fun until you actually start playing this game. Avoiding the red orbs while capturing the blue orbs and then using the blue orbs to blow up the red orbs can become a chore. You will get to the point where you will throw in a vortex, power-ups and super power fields to help the cause. The game uses these to enhance the experience and add some diversity to the game play. Getting used to how the game gives more points for certain actions is key to being able to brag about a high score.
Missions mode is just what it sounds like. It asks you to complete a given task in a certain amount of time. Completing the task in the allotted amount of time is one goal with using techniques explained in the tutorials to obtain a high score is another. Missions is a more structured approach at playing the game that gives you a natural progression in difficulty by level. This mode was great for preparing me for my favorite game mode, Survival mode.
Survival mode is where you take what you learned in the tutorials and the Missions mode and put it to work. In Survival mode you do all you can to stay alive as long as you can while trying to obtain the highest score. This mode was a blast for me and I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to beat my old score let alone the fact that it ties in with Game Center. The survival mode is great if you’re looking to just sit down and get a quick game in. I highly recommend this game type.
Overall this game was a great play for me. I had my fair share of skepticism at first but the variance in game play kept the game fresh with new ways to score points. It is a very fun game with different game modes for both long sit down sessions or times when you just have a quick minute to play.
Both the audio and visual of this game were well put together. From active backgrounds to the very informative pop ups, the presentation of Subsolar is something that I truly enjoyed. The background changing is a small but very refreshing detail for sticklers like me. The sounds are well put together and never seem like they are too much for the game or the phone. I honestly can’t say enough about the presentation of this game, its great and goes well with very solid game play.
- Evolving Gameplay
- It is a re-skin but a good one
- No ladies like Love Battle Princess
$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Jan 27, 2011
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 33.1 MB
Seller: Tenshi Noir Entertainment inc.
© 2011 Tenshi Noir Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later