Crust is a slick throwback to the cave shooters of yesteryear.
Do you remember the old school cave shooters where you fly around a spaceship and try to blast as many enemies as possible? One thing that was always interesting about these games was their physics. The ships always felt like they were falling, so when you stopped you had to counter-steer to keep the ship from crashing.
Crust is an iOS game that recreates the memories of cave flying games of yore. The first thing I noticed upon booting up the game was the physics. It felt just like I remember those older games feeling. Controlling the ship and aiming feels much more challenging than in the modern twin stick shooter. For gamers looking for a throwback, this will be right up their ally. For people accustomed to games like Geometry Wars, they may not like the way this game feels.
The game controls with a joystick on the left side of the screen. On the right side of the screen are the buttons to shoot your various weapons. The controls work quite well, but as I said before, for gamers who are not used to the mechanics of a cave shooter, it might feel a little strange.
Depending on which ship you choose, you can have up to four active weapons at one time. The tank, which can take more damage but has slower cooldown, gets four weapons. The recon ship, which is smallest of the three ships, gets only two weapons but has a faster cooldown.
The game consists of a short story mode designed to get your ready for the 8-player multiplayer mode. This is where the real fun is, as long as you can find people to play with. The game is new, so the servers are not exactly packed with players. When I did find a game, it was quite fun. I must admit, I suck at the game, but that did not stop me from enjoying myself.
In addition to online multiplayer, you can also play split screen on the same device. Obviously, the iPad is better suited to this mode, but it does work on the iPhone if you can stay out of each other’s way.
The graphics in Crust are slightly above average. The description of the game slightly oversells the visuals. That has not to say they are bad, but they are not overly impressive. The sound in the game is better than the visuals. It sounds just like the games of yore, but with better quality. The music is fantastic, and it fits the theme of the game well.
In the end, this is a really good game. There are plenty of achievements and unlockable items to keep you busy for a long time. The visuals are good, but not as great as you would hope from this type of game. The only other problem is that this game will only appeal to a certain niche of gamers. The style of game is cool, but it does feel dated and antiquated in the modern area.
Crust is available for $2.99 as a universal app. Get it on the App Store.