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Genre: 3D, Action, Movie/TV based :: Players: 1 :: Released: 16/9/09

Pandorum (iPhone) Review

Publisher: Artificial Life, Inc. ::

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Good plot
Quite tense and atmospheric

Cons

Fighting can be jerky
Difficult to auto-aim

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

82

Graphics

87

Sound

85

Controls

75

Playability

78

Lastability

83

Review Details
Handset Apple iPhone 3G
Time Played 2 hours
Game Progress About halfway through the game

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 20/9/09

Resident Evil meets Alien


Sci-fi horror has been creeping its way back into cinemas over recent times. As any gamer knows, a big film will have a big game to follow it.

Pandorum is one such film/game. The game starts off with a trailer for the film and helps set the scene. Your ship has been on a space mission to somewhere for some reason. Unfortunately you and your captain have only just woken up after years in a sleep pod and have few memories. All you know is that the ship is practically empty apart from a few ugly monsters. The plot slowly unravels as you play through the 5 missions and I won't spoil the surprise of the film.

The game is played as a first person shooter with an over the shoulder view. The 3D graphics look good and there's some cool dynamic lighting. The animation can get a little jerky at times and the dark lighting means it's best played indoors away from natural light and reflections. After a short time though you should get accustomed to the play.

There are 10 levels in total spread across the five missions and there's probably at least two or three hours of gaming. There is an achievement/trophy section and online rankings so there is some replay value there.

The levels generally require you to make from one side of the ship to the other while avoiding/killing the 'hunters'. As I'm sure is the case with most space ships, one corridor looks pretty much the same as the next. Navigating around the ship can be tricky but there is a map which can be overlaid while you play.

Pandorum apparently comes from an insanity condition that can be experienced in deep space - it almost manifests itself when near the hunters. It's obviously important not to lose all your health and die but you must also watch your blue insanity meter and keep your distance from the enemy.

At the time of writing this, I am about halfway through the game and the plot and action has actually grabbed my interest. The action may not be the greatest and getting the auto aim to work is a struggle, however, I will probably commit the ultimate reviewer's sin and continue playing after this review is posted.

The difficulty ramps up nicely and new weapons and enemies are gradually introduced. The game does feature an in-app purchase that includes body armour and unlimited ammo. It's important that these in-app purchases don't become a requirement to completing the game and thankfully this is not the case with Pandorum. The basic package has scarce ammo supplies; however, with careful use of your knife you can play through the game without spending the few extra pennies. It’s worth pointing out that additional special effects are promised for the in-app purchase.

Overall Pandorum is a pretty decent game. The animation is not always the greatest but there is a good underlying plot that should encourage you to play through the levels.