Hypership Out of Control (iOS) and Hypership Still Out of Control (XBLIG)

I think the thing that disappointed me most about VolChaos is that I know Fun Infused Games has talent.  I know this because I was hooked on Hypership Out of Control for the iPhone and iPad.  If that doesn’t impress you, it should.  If there’s one genre I dislike more than anything else, its vertical space shooters.  Yet Hypership was fast-paced, twitchy, high-score based, and loads of fun.

The idea is that you’re a ship with a hyperdrive set permanently in the “on” position.  With no way to brake, you have to clear gates and shoot any debris in your way, all while scrolling forward at break-neck speed.  There are some items that will slow you down, but for the most part you have to rely on quick reflexes and digital dexterity to survive.  You have a cannon but it fires automatically, so all you have  to worry about is using your finger to slide your ship back and forth.

Hypership on iOS is THE Hypershit!

There’s online leaderboards and multiple modes of play.  Usually when a game like this hits, one or more of the modes are total stinkers.  Here, every mode has its merits.  “Hardcore” mode is exactly the same as normal, except you only have one life, creating an awesome sense of tension.  In “Coin Down” the coins you collect on the course act as your fuel.  In SuperSpeed, you take the role of an albino hamster who is strapped to a rocket car and attempts to beat the land speed record for a rodent on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the previous record holder being Richard Hammond.  Actually, it’s just normal mode with more speed.  But I’m sure I just gave someone an idea for a bitchin’ new game.

Hypership on iPhone (or iPad if you’re a snoot) is one of the few games I’ve come across that I don’t have a whole lot of complain about.  Thankfully a vastly inferior port was just launched on Xbox Live Indie Games that I can gleefully murder.  Well I guess technically the iPhone version is the port while the new XBLIG game is a remake of the original.  It’s called Hypership Still Out of Control, and it actively sucks with all the might of a whirlpool stuck inside a black hole.

Hypership Still Out of Control has all the play modes of the iOS version, and even includes local multiplayer.  But I found the game nearly unplayable because it lacks the precision of touch control that I had grown so accustomed to on my iPhone.  Regardless of whether you’re using the D-pad or the analog stick, movement is too loose.  This is a major problem when trying to navigate past gates with narrow openings.  The whole point of the game is that your ship is moving at unreasonably dangerous speeds, so anything less than absolute flawless control is simply not going to cut it.

Another thing that I had grown fond of on the iOS port was not having to do anything to make the ship fire.  On iPhone, the ship never stops firing.  It’s pretty convenient because there’s never really a point where you won’t want it to be shooting.  On XBLIG, you have to manually fire.  It’s not really a deal breaker, because lots of games do that.  I guess it’s matter of comfort.  It’s like going from laying on a comfy mattress made of clouds to laying on a bed of nails.

Local multiplayer would be fun if the controls weren’t so loose.

And finally, there’s no online leaderboards.  Yea, the only option on XBLIG is ghettoized peer-to-peer ones that are hard to implement, but the only reason to own this game is to try posting high scores.  There’s actually an explanation screen where it’s explained that it wasn’t worth the effort and you should buy the iOS or Windows Phone 7 (ha, as if) ports if you’re into this sort of thing.  So I’ll just go by the same advice the developers themselves gave.  If you have a dollar to spare, there are few things as fun or addictive at that price as Hypership out of Control for iPhone/iPad/iPod/iPacemaker (coming in October).  If, however, you only have XBLIG, you might as well spend those 80 points on a shinny new sombrero for your avatar because Hypership on it is Hyper-shit. I knew I could work that line in there somewhere.

Hypership out of Control and Hypership Still Out of Control were developed by Fun Infused Games

IGC_Approved99¢ and 80 Microsoft Points heard Apple fanboys are now eating bacon three meals a day in anticipation of the iPacemaker in the making of this review.

Hypership Out of Control is also available for Windows Phone for $0.99 or free with ads.  These versions are unverified by Indie Gamer Chick.  The iOS version is Chick Approved.  The XBLIG version is not. 

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12 Responses to Hypership Out of Control (iOS) and Hypership Still Out of Control (XBLIG)

  1. For the first couple of paragraphs I was really puzzled. I was starting think this was becoming a classic ‘Kairi has terrible taste’ situation, but then I got it. I’ve only played Hypership on XBLIG. That explains why I was reading this review and thinking “What?! How can you not have noticed that it’s arse!”

    So for me, your opening sentence is the opposite way round. Hypership was a disappointment because I thought Volchaos was decent (not great, just decent), whereas Hypership not only caused a nearby cute animal to die, it actually prompted the animal walk over to my Xbox first, just so there could be no doubt about the instigator of its ghastly demise.

  2. Hmm I wonder what volchaos would be like on the iPhone? I think it would be awesome.

  3. BigDaddio says:

    brake1    [breyk] noun, verb, braked, brak·ing.
    noun
    1.
    a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle or other moving mechanism by the absorption or transfer of the energy of momentum, usually by means of friction.
    2.
    brakes, the drums, shoes, tubes, levers, etc., making up such a device on a vehicle.
    3.
    anything that has a slowing or stopping effect.

    NOT BREAK.

  4. Matt says:

    “Another thing that I had grown fond of on the iOS port was not having to do anything to make the ship fire. On iPhone, the ship never stops firing. It’s pretty convenient because there’s never really a point where you won’t want it to be shooting.”

    I find it a lot easier to get past the ball-things when I’m not firing, actually. They take a few shots to clear and when you hit them, their movement becomes unpredictable. They’re much easier to pass safely when you’re not shooting at them.

    But yeah, iOS is where it’s at for Hypership these days, though I did fall in love with it via the original XBLIG release, so I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as you claim. I can see how it’d be hard to go back after the super-ace iOS controls, though.

    • funinfused says:

      Yep, the balls are way way way easier to not shoot. In the WP7 version of Hypership you can turn autofire off but this feature was little used and didn’t make it into the iOS version.

      iOS controlling as well as it did really surprised me, didn’t think touch could compare to analog.

  5. plezfiction says:

    Developer says he’s “moved on” from XBLIG now:

    http://www.krissteele.net/blogdetails.aspx?id=304

  6. Pingback: Centipede on PlayStation Home Arcade, Centipede & Millipede (XBLA), Centipede Origins (iOS), and Bad Caterpillar (XBLIG) « Indie Gamer Chick

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