Available On: Android, iOS
Price: Free, Paid – via in-app purchases – $2.99 on iOS
Lightopus is another beautiful game I came across on the Google Play store. The game is really simple to play and is really at its core essentially an arcade game. The goal of the game is to free all the Bulbies as your the last of your kind and need to free them to keep your kind alive. It’s really not creative at all, but I applaud it for very beautiful graphics. I can only imagine what it looks on High Definition enabled phones and tablets.
One thing I really didn’t like about this game is that it is not optimized for a lot of phones thus it only takes up half your screen and then leaves black squares at the top and bottom of the screen. Another downside to this game is that it’s not optimized to detect which orientation your phone is in. That would make this game literally 100x better. Holding it straight up trying to play a arcade style game is really difficult and after a while begins to feel really awkward. They really need to fix that.
Graphics like I said, is really good, especially all the lighting across the screen. What thing that I didn’t like about the graphics is that they sacrificed quality in their game to make better graphics which honestly made for terrible gameplay. It doesn’t draw you in and make you want to play. It makes you want to explore the world for a few minutes to look at the detail on the graphics then close the game and never pick it up a game. I even forgot I had it on my device for at least a week. That’s how terrible the gameplay was, it didn’t make me think, “Wow! That was cool, I should play that again.”
I’d only suggest getting this app if you were really into the graphics and that’s what keeps you playing. Otherwise I would suggest staying far away from this game. It’s really not worth your time at all and it’s just not fun. There is no fun factor to the game unless you really like running around in circles to save these weird little creatures.
I really hope the developer, Appxplore, attempts to make better games for smartphones in the future.
Again, beautiful game, terrible gameplay.