We’ve been onboard with the iTunes AppStore since its launch day, it’s been amazing to witness its growth with the quality of games as well as the continuous changes and growth of the game market. One of these changes will be obvious for some iOS gamers and that’s the inclusion of “Free to Play” (or Freemium) titles that come out on a regular basis. The great thing about these games is that some offer a fun time at no required admission price. Fortunately this is the case with Odyssey: Alone Against The Whole Space.
Odyssey: Alone Against The Whole Space isn’t a town builder, farm sim, or anything of that nature. Instead it’s a top-down shooter that’s reminiscent of the good ol’ arcade days (if you’re old enough to remember when every town had a few). As of right now there’s two worlds to shoot through with each one bringing crisp graphics and a slightly different feel to the two worlds (more worlds are on their way).
At first no matter how good you are at top-down shooters there’s no denying that you will die. Basically that’s because your ship is too weak and maneuvering around the screen to avoid bullets that are flying in every which direction is impossible when you realize that your gram’s rascal can out maneuver you. But that’s where the leveling up and upgrading system comes into play. During each attempt at each world you’ll level up at a rather good pace and earn plenty of currency to spend on your ship and soon you’ll be surviving longer. Pretty much everything that you want to upgrade is available for purchase: new ships, faster engines, shields…even special ammunition. While at times I furrow my brow at Freemium titles, Odyssey: Alone Against The Whole Space doesn’t hold back on giving you plenty of free currency…always a thumbs up in my book.
Lastly, I want to mention the controls since they strengthen casual on-the-go gaming. You can activate rapid shooting by tapping on the onscreen button once and you’ll shoot. Now you can game ‘n walk and drink coffee all at the same time. Hmmm I don’t know why people say that I’m not the most observant pedestrian…
The Bottom Line: 6.5/10 (Fair)
While Odyssey: Alone Against The Whole Space doesn’t bring us anything that we haven’t seen before, it is an entertaining top-down shooter with depth–for free.
Note: If you have fun with Odyssey: Alone Against The Whole Space we highly recommend to purchase “disable ads” or turn off your internet since the ad is placed in the absolute worst place possible–right next to (and slightly over) the controls!