Sad Cat Software, Mac App Store
Simple but addictive shoot-em-up game; loaded with eye-candy
Techno soundtrack can be a bit wearing
I spent a fair chunk of my student days playing Asteroids at Uni, but I’ve been disappointed by the various Asteroids clone that I’ve seen on the Mac App Store so far.
Violet Storm isn’t a strict Asteroid clone, as you’re fending off waves of enemy ships rather than simply blowing up lumps of wandering space-rock, but it does capture something of the frantic shoot-em-up feel of my old favourite.
Originally developed for iOS, Violet Storm puts you in charge of a little space ship that you pilot around the screen using the WSAD buttons on your keyboard, while using your mouse to simply blast the living daylights out of the enemy ships around you.
You start out with a simple laser, but fending off successive waves off attackers earns you weapons upgrades, such as multi-laser blasts and deflection bombs that buy you more time by pushing away approaching ships. The graphics and sound effects are completely over the top, with weapon effects that look like a psychedelic screen-saver and a thumping soundtrack that sounds like a disco circa 1985.
The main campaign mode simply swamps you with wave after wave of enemies, but there are two other modes available as well. Sniper mode measures the accuracy of your shooting, while Speed Havoc challenges you to kill as many enemies as possible within a time limit. At $0.99 Violet Storm is cheap enough to be an impulse buy, but there’s a Lite version that you can try out for free first.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
If you can cope with the sensory overload then Violet Storm is good fun.