Ara-Que Assault (AQA) is a Space Invaders clone that was originally designed for mobile phones using the Symbian platform. A Palm OS version of AQA was recently released and is the subject of this review. Is AQA ready for Palm?? Not quite.
Installation of the game was easy, taking up about 137k on the SD card of my Tungsten T. Running the game from my card, I encountered no noticeable delay and the game ran well no matter where it was installed.
Upon starting the game, I am taken to a series of introduction screens that provide the story background for the game.
Following the storyline, I am taken to a screen that allows me to adjust my rate of fire, buy/sell stuff, and review my ship’s status.
No questions/complaints here and a quick hit on the “Fly” button and I’m on my way to killing (or be killed by) bad guys.
Gameplay is fairly straightforward – kill everything that moves. The game operation and objectives remind me of the much-vaunted Space Invaders arcade game in that you move your ship from left to right along the bottom of a scrolling lunar-looking landscape and try to shoot the invaders who are shooting & traveling down the screen towards you.
The main differences between Space Invaders and AQA is that 1) AQA provides no bunkers for you to hide behind, and 2) The enemy ships in AQA are fewer in number but move much more quickly toward and then past you.
There are problems with this game. First of all, no directions are provided in either a separate file or located in a help file within the game. And speaking of help files, there is no menu at all. Would be nice to view help, set options (hardness levels, assign different buttons, etc.), see an about screen, pause the game, etc. Secondly, I found the move & fire buttons to be awkward – to move my ship left or right, I press the address book and todo buttons. To fire, I have to press the calendar button on my PDA. I would prefer to have been able to reconfigure my command buttons – probably to make use of the D-navigator button on my Tungsten T. Lastly, the game screen resolution (like the introduction screens) is a bit fuzzy due to its 160x160k screen resolution limit.
Bottom line – Ara-Que Assault is a limited knockoff of the classic Space Invaders that is best left to playing on your mobile phone. Poor graphics, no menu commands, and a lack of a user’s manual limit its entertainment value with today’s PDA.
Buy Recommendation: Not yet
Rating Score (Maximum of 5): 1