by Matt Dunn
Wow. Not often does a developer take such a simple game concept, and polish it to a shiney bacon-grease sheen! Enter Zoneout, the best JezzBall-look-a-like on the App Store. Ok, that doesn’t do it justice. Just read the review! (Bacon not included.)
I don’t know what genre of game Zoneout is. I suppose, it’s the cut-out-sections-of-a-level genre? In Zoneout, you play as a space fighter, and must cut out a certain percentage of each level, with the laser line that follows your ship, to advance to the next one. It’s a very simple idea, that developer Neon Surge has taken to the extreme. The game features great graphics and occasional particle effects, as well as awesome sound and music. There are plenty of different enemy ships to defeat, and some great power-ups to do the job! Aside from tons of levels and an online leaderboard, the game also features some tough achievements to beat. To put the icing on the cake, Zoneout offeres both tilt and touch controls, with full calibration of the accelerometer. This game is the definition of well-rounded.
Presentation and Graphics:
As good as gets for sprite graphics. Great particle effects.
Very easy to control, and a lot of fun to play! You get extra lives regularly, so the game isn’t frustrating. Power ups are a lot of fun, and the many different enemies add great challenge and strategy to the game.
Tons of levels, online leaderboards, and achievements. I would have been satisfied with just the tons of levels. Only thing I can possibly imagine being added would be some sort of multiplayer function, but that would just be crazy!
There is nothing wrong with this game that I can think of. This is exactly how remakes of classic games should be. Zoneout takes a simple game concept, and absolutely nails the delivery in every way. $2.99 is a very fair price for a game like this. Keep in mind, that I’m giving this game 5 stars because it’s the best I’ve ever seen for this genre. If you don’t like this genre of game, then feel free to pass. But if you’re down with extremely polished casual arcade gaming that tips a shiny hat to JezzBall, pick this up!