AstraWare’s Zap 2016 is considered the best side-scrolling shooter for the Palm OS by many people; however, signs of age are already starting to show (and its successor wins the award for Palm powered vapourware now that the WristPDA is here). The polish company iDreams has recently released SkyForce reloaded – a game that has the potential to mix up AstraWare’s leadership!
When you start a game, you get to choose a variety of options like language, difficulty and ship. In addition, you can recommence where you last died – a feature missed in other games:
The levels of SkyForce reloaded are full of different enemies. The photos below show a few of them:
At the end of each level, one or more bosses await you. However, beware – you need to destroy a specific percentage of enemies to get to the next level. Evading the bosses is no option…
Various power-ups are available to simplify your life – you can change your main weapon, add a little rocket launcher, increase the power of your shield, etc:
SkyForce reloaded is one of the most fx-loaded games I ever saw. Here are a few samples of the explosion, smokes and other eye candy I got to see on my T3:
Fights can get pretty crowded:
The background scenery is modelled very realistically. In fat, there even are weather effects like rain and lightning!
The sound effects and music are very nice and suit my taste. This is one of the games where I didn’t regret leaving the sound on…
This review covered SkyForce Reloaded on a Tungsten T3. The program is about 1.7 MB big
Overall, Zap 2016 has found a worthy successor in SkyForce reloaded. The graphics quality is insane, the sound could come from a DJ and the action is great fun. If you like Zap 2016 or just like side-scrolling shooters in general and have an OS5 machine, get this game by all means!