XBLIG Review: Gum Drop Celestial Frontier

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Gum Drop Celestial Frontier is an original take on the twin stick shooter formula, where instead of having projectile weapons that you fire with your second analogue stick you control the rotation of a mass attached to your space ship.  You hold down the triggers to start rotating the object to get it up to speed and then use it to smash enemies who are trying to attack the mother ship.  Every level follows the same format of having you defend your base-ship from a finite number of enemies, with only the number of enemies and the number of objects available to swing increasing.

Whilst it’s nice to see someone thinking a bit outside of the box for a compelling game mechanic, I am not too convinced by the wrecking ball mechanism.  There is a very random feeling to the combat, which left me with no idea what was actually going on in the hectic action and a feeling that I was only progressing due to random luck factor.

I came away from the game not too impressed overall, I can see that there is a good idea/mechanic there but I am not sure that it’s the best possible execution of that idea.  This is just my personal opinion, but I am sure there is enough there to keep others entertained and at only 80 points ($1) the game is worth checking out, if only for 5-10 mins.

The developers next release looks promising (Link), it’s great to see fresh new ideas on the service instead of the same old retro rehashes and massage simulators.  Keep it up!

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~ by rusted3572 on October 25, 2009.

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