Published on May 26th, 2014 | by Patrick Garde0
Hopeless: Space Shooting Review
Upopa Games returns with a sequel in their Hopeless series named Hopeless: Space Shooting. Its first installment, Hopeless: The Dark Cave, generated a favorable 3.33/5 average rating from three critics. This Android game offers an interesting experience as well as an engrossing yet user-friendly gameplay made for players of all skill levels.
Gamers will manage a growing team of blobs as they defend against the monsters with their laser weapons. Simply tap the creatures as they approach the blobs. If you played the original, the gameplay is pretty much the same. The only difference is this second episode is set in an empty space.
Other new features of the game include multi-touch shooting which lets you shoot space aliens as fast as your finger can tap the screen. It also now has a couple of game modes. First, a challenging Arcade mode where you need to chalk up as many points as you can. You start with one yellow blob in the beginning and monsters (or blobs) will join the party. It’s up to you if you can squeeze (or hold) the trigger as you don’t know which creature will come out from the dark. Second, Survival, which is more fast-paced than the other mode, will test your skill on how long can you stand your ground against oncoming waves of monsters. Be sure to watch out for creatures wearing masks as it needs to be shot twice for you to kill it. Personally, I think Arcade is harder than Survival mode because attackers seem to pop out of nowhere. In the latter, there’s a bit of a clue as to where they are coming from thanks to their shadows.
Hopeless: Space Shooting rewards patient players. Resist the temptation of pulling the trigger on your laser shooter as you’ll be able to recruit another blob assuming it is the next one who’ll come out of the shadows. Friendly fire is out of the equation. When you tap on the screen while a blob is coming your way, you’ll kill it. Emergency blobs can be added to the game by saving a certain number of them and you’ll get additional ones in your stack. You can also buy more blobs via in-app purchase starting at $0.99. Complete missions to earn rewards and trophies for bragging rights.
If there’s one shortcoming, the upbeat soundtrack doesn’t complement well the title. Also, you may find the two game modes to be quite similar for your taste.
Anyway, if you loved the original, you’ll love Hopeless: Space Shooting more – just do not expect to see a lot of innovative changes. This Android game is entertaining on its own with an addictive pick-up-and-play gameplay. Replay value balances out its minor flaws.
Summary: Hopeless: Space Shooting is a minimalist shooter that will test your skills and reflexes. For $0.99, this Android game offers a simple yet intense gameplay. It also has a quick load time that lets you jump right into the action.