Space Age

In­fin­ity is just a quick tap away

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - De­vel­oper Big Bucket iPhone, iPod touch, iPad 1.0

Ah, 1960s sci­ence fic­tion: when a gold­fish bowl on your head was all any­one needed to stay healthy in space. Space Age is all about that sim­pler time… de­spite claim­ing to be in the style of 90s graphic ad­ven­ture ti­tles.

Tasked with ex­plor­ing a planet, fight­ing a few bad­dies, and solv­ing a a clue or two, this isn’t a tough game, and only takes a hand­ful of hours to pol­ish off. It’s a big fan of death-and-restart, es­pe­cially in its stealth sec­tions, and has con­trols that make jumping be­tween char­ac­ters and giv­ing or­ders in tight spots far more ir­ri­tat­ing than they should be. The fact that th­ese frus­tra­tions are short-lived doesn’t stop them be­ing an­noy­ing, es­pe­cially when there isn’t much more to most of the rest of the game than walk­ing to cue some en­dear­ing chat­ter.

Put up with that, though, and Space Age makes up what it lacks in chal­lenge with great charm, bol­stered by an ex­cel­lent sound­track and en­joy­able pace. It’s a fun ad­ven­ture, though one that could have learned more from those it claims to em­u­late. Richard Cobbett

This is not ex­actly a deep space ad­ven­ture, but it’s def­i­nitely an en­joy­able ca­sual fling in the stars.

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