The Demon GPU is the main villain in the game and has hidden himself deep in your mobile device's memory. He has control of the graphics processor unit (hence the term GPU) in an attempt to block any attempts on your part to remove him from the memory. You are required to compete in his evil games before being able to attack him one on one. In order to find him and rid your device of his evilness, you are required to shoot your way through 36 levels.
On the Demon GPU, Andy Hawkins, creator of Turbo Flick had this to say. "The demon is likened to the Sinistar of Williams fame. I am a huge fan of Vid Kidz and Williams games, such as Blaster, Robotron, Turkey Shoot and Defender. This is the kind of action I wanted to bring back to the mobile scene in this game."
There are several shooting techniques. The first and most prominent effect is the“flick”. You tap the device and strike up with your finger in a flicking motion then release to fire off a pinball at the targets. Depending on how quickly you do this, at what angle and the length of the flick, these actions will change the speed and trajectory of the ball.
There is also a rapid fire mode where you hold your finger down then strafe left and right to drive super fast pinballs into oncoming opponents. In some later levels you will also need to flick the balls out then tilt your device to make the balls bend around corners to win.
Said Andy Hawkins, "I've always felt solid gameplay stems from the games we used to play in the arcades. This game uses those mechanisms to create a unique experience on the iPhone."
Most levels involve target shooting, but each sector also has a guardian blocking the passage to the next section and a boss blocking your path to the next sector. Both the guardians and bosses will shoot back at you to try and destroy your shield.
Performance is rewarded with a score based on accuracy, number of balls used, time remaining and shield left intact. Each level has up to 3 stars for grabs as an indication of your achievements, and while you can complete the game making mistakes, you can then go back and perfect each level to get the full complement of stars for the game.
The game while using modern day techno beats, also uses simulated 8-bit sounds that are similar to games like Mario, Space Invaders and Galaga. Andy said, "It was a decision I made from the outset that the game was very retro, and that 50% of the experience had to be through an engaging and delightful sound track. The beeps and buzzes from arcades have always lifted my spirits and I hope this game’s sound track does that for the player too.”
Turbo Flick : Demon GPU is available from the iTunes App Store for 99c USD.
iTunes Description and Features:
Somewhere in one of these computer memories the Demon GPU was born. Now it is in your mobile device. It will destroy your world - unless, you can defeat it first. Battle your way through 6 sectors to find it. There the Demon GPU will be waiting.
- <*>Cyberspace themed flick shooter.*> <*>36 levels to perfect.*> <*>Star based reward system. Can you get them all?*>