Guardian Earth HD: Space shooting madness!
Several space shooters have been mentioned on AGR because we love simplistic classic gameplay. We’ve seen a plethora of different game setups and styles ranging from heavy freemium model to pure hardcore blasting… Now we bring you Guardian Earth HD! Which is so insanely difficult that it’s virtually pointless. Read on to hear more…
Gameplay: Upon starting the game you’re greeted with the Unity engine splash screen clearly spelling out that this is a 3D rendered game. Then you’re faced with a totally unexplainable login and registration screen… don’t worry just press the cross in the top right hand corner to go into the main menu. From there you can select the campaign, which will then let you pick your Primary and Secondary weapons. There’s no explanation of the different gear, so when in doubt just choose the first options as they usually form the default settings. The same goes for the ship selection screen – pick the first ship (the differences are subtle initially). Then you get to fly into the game where the rules are dead simple – shoot anything that moves, and try and collect the powerups that are dropped. The glowing orbs will improve your weapons and can be shield boosters too.
Gut Feel: The first thoughts are “wow!”, “snazzy graphics”, “good game feeling” and this has all the necessary components for a good game. There’s quite an insane level of dodging and shields are necessary but it’s definitely decent arcade action.
Controls: The interface is fairly smooth and intuitive. As soon as you touch the screen then your ship will shoot and your movement will be relative to where you started touching. That means your ship won’t be hidden under your finger. Unfortunately, you need to be careful not to move your ship to the invisible boundaries of the game otherwise you’ll get stuck and most likely you’ll corner yourself and die.
Good Stuff: Nice fancy graphics with smooth animations and realistic particle effects – people don’t seem to expect any less from a 3D game nowadays. In the background there are some very beautiful space backdrops too. All in all, the typical space firing sound effects and arcade music make this a very tidy number.
Downers: Generally the ship is very fast and is highly manoeuvrable but unfortunately this game is beyond the difficulty of Raiden… and to be honest, Raiden was the tipping point of extreme difficulty. By the time you get to the third level this game is virtually impossible and it not only requires skill but also patience in order to complete the rounds. (Oh and it only takes about 3 – 5 minutes to pass each of the first two levels.)
To be honest being difficult doesn’t automatically put me off. However, being tough and leaving no possibility to get past levels is wrong in my opinion. Why can’t I collect points to power up my weapons or something? What irks me the most is that people are somehow expected to buy the full version of the game based off this impossible demo.
Then there’s the login… I hate these screens. They’re a data collection and password risk everytime I see them. Unless they’re explained, I generally steer clear from these as much as possible. In this case the login doesn’t make sense – the profile doesn’t have any in game points to powerups – so why bother?
Rating: 2/5 Guardian Earth HD is great for those people with vast amounts of time and love perfecting their skills. Unfortunately the average gamer would probably spend only a few minutes playing this. Nothing really draws me in to go back to the game and definitely nothing explains why anyone should buy the full version.
This game is almost like the polar opposite of Starship Commander. If this game could merge with Starship Commander then they would have a cracker of a game which would have great gameplay, graphics and an awesome powerup system.
Guardian Earth HD Tips from Android Games Review:
- The weapons do vary after they’re powered up. Generally opt for the ones which increase the angle of firing. That way you don’t need to be vertically underneath the enemy to hit them. This is especially important when you need to spend 100% of the time dodging the enemy.
- You may need to play the early levels to figure out which weapon would be more suited for you.
- The secondary weapons do vary slightly in attack damage and range but otherwise the difference almost feels just visual.
- Try to stay centered in the bottom half middle of the screen and stay away from the left, right and bottom of the screen. If you reach the screen edge you’ll get stuck and won’t be able to dodge.
- The ship characteristics vary very slightly. Notice that the shields may be weaker, but the rates of recharge are different.