iPad Game Review: E.L.E. Missile Defense (Universal) Review
Reviewed by JadeDragon
If you ever feel nostalgic about old arcade games like the Atari Missile Command, fret not. There are plenty of imitations available on mobile gaming devices, and some even provide gaming experience that surpasses the original. E.L.E. Missile Defense is one of the titles inspired by Missile Command with a familiar gameplay: you take control of a high-orbit defense satellite fitted with unlimited number of missiles and shoot down alien ships and missiles they fire. The game is free and offers decent amount of gameplay, and we hope that the Canadian developer Huge Monster will add more missions, ships and weapons in future updates.
In E.L.E. Missile Defense you take control of the Aegis 1, an orbital defense satellite when hostile aliens approach Earth and they did not come in peace. Following the formula of Missile Command, you shoot down missile attacks that threaten to destroy Earth cities. But Missile Defense doesn't limit to only shoot down missiles. You will get to shoot the large alien mother ships as well as smaller fighters that release these missiles. There are two large mother ships and two fighters in the current version, and you must take them down while blocking the missiles they release from entering Earth obit.
The game starts out slow and gradually rams up in the intensity of the bombardment. One nice thing though is that you get to enjoy at least 20 levels of gameplay before the AI gets too frantic and makes you fight against impossible odds. There are six cities you need to protect in E.L.E. Missile Defense, and when all of them are destroyed it's game over. If you lose a city but can hold off the bombardment on that city for a while, it'll come back up online, giving you a big incentive to extend the gameplay by protecting that specific spot. The Aegis 1 gun has unlimited ammo and is very responsive when it comes to responding to your control. The only thing that you need to watch out for is that the gun overheats after intense firing for a while. And it becomes overheat, there's a cool down period where the gun doesn't fire.
The E.L.E. Missile Defense has over 50 levels of gameplay, you'll likely only make through half of them. However the game lets you start at higher levels when you unlock them at each 10 levels. The control is very simple, you only need to tap the area you need the Aegis 1 to shoot at and the energy gun on the satellite will do the rest. The AI works smoothly and responsively.
Graphics & Sound
Graphics in E.L.E. Missile Defense is sharp and animates run smoothly. The large alien ships and smaller fight ships have nice designs, and missiles and Aegis 1's gunfire all look sharp. Explosions create enough realistic feel and the destruction of alien ships also provide some added entertaining animation. The game has simple UI that's easy to understand and easy to pick up and play.
E.L.E. offers basic background music and sound FX. The BGM fits the game's theme well with a mix of somber and urgent moods. Sound effects include explosions, gunfire hitting the mother ships and other basic audio feedback for your actions.
E.L.E. Missile Defense is a fun game that's best suited for pick up and play mobile gaming habit. The gameplay starts out easy and slow, and then turns gradually frenzy and desperation. The game has pleasing visual to keep you interested and enough action elements to keep you playing. For a free game, E.L.E. Missile Defense offers some nice features such as starting at later levels once unlocked and adding the mother ship element to missile attacks. We do hope to see more updates in the future that might add even more interesting things such as more satellite guns and more enemy types.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -4- Sharp and effective, animations are smooth. Sound: -3.5- Not a lot of selection, but enough to give you audio feedback for actions and sound track to keep the mood for the gameplay. Controls: -5- Very responsive. Gameplay: -4- Good AI settings, enough to keep you interested. Let's hope we might see more add-ons in future updates.
Playing Hints and Tips:
Feel free to tap the gun to fire as fast you wish. The game is very responsive. But watch the heating meter to not get to the red zone.