Lastronaut is currently featured on the Apple App Store and is completely free. There are zero in-app purchases and zero ads making it a pleasurable experience to lose yourself in. No interruptions by annoying adverts means one can bask in the beauty of it’s hand crafted artwork and animation. If you haven’t already, launch the app store right now and prepare for lift off with Lastronaut.
Platform Used For Lastronaut Review: iPhone 4
Genre: Endless Runner
Price: Completely free with NO ADS
Two Man Band
Darrin Henein and Stephan Leroux are the genius duo behind this week’s featured app Lastronaut. Based in Toronto, the two man team describe themselves as “software developers who push to make software that people love”. Well they’ve done a great job with their first game Lastronaut. Check out the trailer accompanied by an ethereal instrumental below.
Set in the year 2015 where the very existence of mankind is under threat by sentient robots, you are tasked with the mission of joining the rest of humanity in escaping the planet by boarding one last escape vessel.
Beautifully animated rockets, blasting off into space to evacuate the last of Earth’s inhabitants paint the background. Eery signs stating that robots are the future have been graffitied over with a giant, red, capital ‘NO’, depicting the rebellion of Earth.
“For our first game, I’d say it’s pretty darn good. I’d totally play it!” – Darrin & Stephan
The world and character you play are under constant attack by the intelligent mechanical weapons set to cause everlasting destruction. Running through the streets decked out in a white spacesuit and armed to the teeth with an arsenal of low and high powered weapons, you must avoid the mechanised menace by jumping and blasting your way through the neighbourhood. Bombard these evil robots with shotguns, flamethrowers, homing missile launchers and more to keep yourself alive.
Lastronaut is an infinite runner with the goal of surviving for the longest distance whilst earning a few achievements along the way. Browse your personal stats through in an in-game local gameplay stats board, displaying your total distance travelled, amount of kills, accuracy and more.
The presence of a global leaderboard provides motivation to be the best. Compete with friends and strangers alike by sharing your progress and scores via Facebook and Twitter via a ‘save and share’ system in the game.
Lastronaut is by no means an easy game to play. You will need to be on your toes constantly! The smallest error in judgement will result in a weirdly satisfying death, resulting in a desire to play again. The fact that there are no ads makes it so much more enjoyable to pick up and not put down this game for hours on end.
Lastronaut gives meaning to the word aesthetic with it’s hand drawn, pixel animated graphic design. Slow-mo explosions and special effects dominate your screen, allowing you to see the glory of your exploits in plenty of detail. The introduction explains perfectly in brief detail what the world is facing and why. The music and sound effects found within Lastronaut evoke such fond memories of the days where 8-bit music took over households around the world.
Immediately after downloading could I see why Lastronaut has featured on the Apple App Store and received such a positive response from the iOS community. It’s still early days but GameReviewsAU hopes to see some extra content added in the future like new locations, enemies or the like.
5 stars – download right now!
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