Infinity Field

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fun, old-school arcade space-shooter with great polish.

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Ease of Play

The game uses dual joysticks -- one navigates the ship, while the other fires weapons. It's a very natural way to play the game. Levels advance in difficulty, but at a steady pace that eases players into the game.

Violence & Scariness

The game involves nonstop shooting from a spaceship, but the enemies are nothing more than boxes, circles, diamonds, and other shapes. It's no more violent than an arcade game from the mid-1980s.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Infinity Field is an arcade-style action game in the same vein as Geometry Wars or the arcade classic Asteroids. Players fire their ship's weapons nonstop, but the enemies are nothing more than a series of geometric shapes that cause your ship to blow up if they hit you. The game is an update of the classic '80s arcade titles -- essentially a marriage of Robotron and Asteroids. The game is very fast-paced and frenetic, but not overly complex. It's worth noting that players have the option of connecting to The Crystal Network, an online gaming community that links to both Facebook and Twitter, to post scores and achievements. While on the Crystal Network, you could potentially friend and chat with strangers, but there is no interaction with strangers while playing the game.

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Is it any good?

There's really not much that doesn't work -- and work well -- in Infinity Field. The game is a throwback to the glory days of arcade gaming, with the polish and beauty of today's console generation. The gameplay is simple: enemies appear and you dispatch them as quickly as possible. Along the way, you might pick up an extra life or new way to shoot them down. The screen comes alive with color as the enemies -- a collection of amorphous geometric shapes -- explode in bursts when they're shot, much like fireworks. The only potential downside is the frenetic pace of the game, which could be overwhelming for someone used to a slower style of play. If that's not an issue for you, though, this is one of the most enjoyable arcade/action games around. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: January 27, 2011
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: Chillingo Ltd.
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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