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AbstractWar for iOS

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Key Details of AbstractWar

  • Play a dual-stick shooter that offers several different game types and great looking graphics.
  • Last updated on 6/22/2010
  • There have been 5 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

AbstractWar is a fast-paced, top-view, vector-graphics-based arcade shooter, with multiplayer options over Bluetooth.

AbstractWar gives you several interface options, for both your POV and controls, and none of them is particularly good: in the game's Options page (in Spanish only), you can switch between virtual joysticks or accelerometer control (tilting your device to move), and you can choose from various views, including always-centered and stationary ("Classico") modes. "Classico" is often easier because you can see all your enemies, but if you're using virtual joysticks (which are more responsive and reliable than the accelerometer controls) that means you have dangerous blind-spots under your thumbs.

Once you've settled on the least-bad control scheme, AbstractWar's gameplay is fun but uneven (and often overly difficult because of the interface), as you fly around a tight rectangular screen, dodging and shooting at a variety of geometric-shaped menaces. The game's Survival mode lets you choose between dual or single joysticks (with the latter, you're always shooting), "Cruces" mode (enemies only attack at right angles), and a clever if difficult to describe Pacifist mode, in which you weave weaponlessly through enemies while trying to detonate bombs to defend yourself. The game's Campaign mode mixes up the control schemes, challenging you to stay alive for preset time limits across four different difficulty levels.

There's a lot to like about AbstractWars, including its cool weapon upgrades and vibrant (if not unique) graphics and sound, and the game offers decent pick-up-and-play value for fans of multidirectional shooters. The age of the app's developer has gotten a lot of attention (he's only 15), but for a paid app, that's no excuse for having such an inconsistent difficulty curve, a partial English translation, and other rough edges in what's already an overpopulated genre. We hope to see improvements (and hopefully a price drop and an iPad version) in future updates.

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Full Specifications

June 22, 2010
Latest update
June 22, 2010
Operating System
iOS 3.2.1, iOS 4.3.5, iOS 12.1.2
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Developer's Description

Play a dual-stick shooter that offers several different game types and great looking graphics.

There is a place where trigonometric ratios are perfect and the traditional laws of physics don't apply. â?¨Here you will do battle where there isn't a distinction between good and evil, and you who have to fight in the weakest side. Good luck!â?¨ Your mission won't be easy, you must beat 10 types of different enemies.

You can play alone or in cooperative mode with two or more friends with bluetooth connectivity.

There are 4 ways to play:

Normal Dual: Destroy the largest number of enemies with a multi-directional spaceship.

Normal Mono: Destroy all your enemies but this time with a unidirectional spaceship.

Cruces mode: The enemies attack vertically and horizontally.

Pacifist mode: You have no weapons. You will have to dodge your enemies and detonate explosives to stay alive.