Plazmoids!

Plazmoids! 1.63

Explore the galaxy in search of Plazmoids

The main concept behind this game is pretty simple: get the fuel (plazmoids) before your enemy can get it. If the enemy manages to lay hands on the plazmoids, you’ll need to do battle and try to reclaim the stolen fuel cells. A simple conceit, yes, but it’s the gameplay that makes Plazmoids a really interesting game to play. View full description

PROS

  • Novel gameplay technique
  • Addictive
  • Nice graphics

CONS

  • Instructions slightly confusing
  • Dodgy English in-game

Good
7

The main concept behind this game is pretty simple: get the fuel (plazmoids) before your enemy can get it. If the enemy manages to lay hands on the plazmoids, you’ll need to do battle and try to reclaim the stolen fuel cells. A simple conceit, yes, but it’s the gameplay that makes Plazmoids a really interesting game to play.

Plazmoids focuses on using ‘realistic’ momentum and acceleration for your ship’s movements. This feature makes for a game where you must use the utmost concentration and skill to ‘lasso’ the fuel particles with your tractor beam, and not drop them on your way back to base. And all this presented in attractive, colourful graphics – especially on higher resolution Palm devices.

The only aspects which let down Plazmoids in any way are the slightly confusing instructions provided with the game, and the poor standard of English used in in-game messages. This is not a major criticism, but I’m convinced that there are plenty of people out there who would proof-read a game before it’s published.

Plazmoids is certainly an addictive and original game, though, and certainly worth your time and memory card space.

Plazmoids! is an arcade game for Palm OS that combines superb high resolution, 3D-style graphics, sophisticated visual effects, and addictive techno music and sound. But what makes the game unique is its unusual gameplay based on original physics.

Unlike classic space arcades, Plazmoids! employs the physical laws of acceleration, momentum, and magnetism. You are in control of a spacecraft that scours space for plazmoids - valuable energy resources - and collects them through the use of a hi-tech magnetic beam. But since you are not alone in this job, get ready to face numerous enemies, each with their own features and behaviour, master several types of weapon, and upgrade your tiny ship to a powerful space fortress.

Key features of the game include:

  • Excellent 16-bit, high resolution graphics with hi-res+ support
  • Sophisticated visual effects and animation
  • Quality sound effects
  • About 20 minutes of original techno-style music
  • 3 difficulty levels
  • 15 game levels
  • 12 enemy ships each with its own features and behaviour, grouped in 3 races: pirates, magnetic robots, and self-reproducing aliens, each with their mother-ship
  • 5 types of space objects living their own lives: meteors, asteroids, comets, and mines
  • 4 types of weapon and the special weapon
  • 4 types of equipment to upgrade, including two weapon slots, a magnetic tractor beam, and a fuel tank
  • 5 types of bonuses giving your ship special abilities
  • Unique game engine based on real physics
  • Landscape screen mode support
  • Fully customizable controls with both touchscreen and 5-Way Navigator
  • Tapwave Zodiac platform support, including analog controls and vibration

Unpredictable space bodies, cowardly mines, and devastating enemy bases will turn your job into a living hell. Will you stand it, clean up fifteen sectors of the galaxy and win the war for plazmoids?

Plazmoids!

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Plazmoids! 1.63