Zap in Space

Zap in Space


It seems to me that Ultimate Arcade just discovered Kongregate this week as we have 64 games uploaded by his profile. Now admittedly there’s a lot of controversy about the number of games being posted by him, but we won’t be discussing that here. No, instead we’ll be talking about Zap in Space, one of the many games he uploaded. The game is a basic dodger-style game, but unlike most dodgers you actually have a weapon that you can use to destroy your obstacles. That’s always been my beef with the other games in this genre; the simple fact that you’re out of luck if you get blocked off by the many objects in your path. Don’t be shy about using Zap’s weapon as there appears to be no limit to how often he can fire.

Use your mouse to move zap around the playing field and left click to fire a bolt of electricity. You can also press space to fire if the mouse just isn’t cutting it for you. As I mentioned before, fire at will with that weapon since you don’t have a limited amount of ammunition. Now as you’re flying through space you’ll notice two different colored orbs floating amongst the asteroids. The red orb increases your bonus and the blue orb increases your fuel. Unfortunately there’s no orb to increase your health, so you’d best be quick about dodging those asteroids. Also keep in mind that you get 100 points for every asteroid that you blast so if you want to get a good score make sure you have a finger on that trigger.

Zap has really great graphics, on par with the games that Psionic3D has produce. The thing about Zap is we also have animation to go along with the eye candy. Every now and then Zap will blink and occasionally he’ll extend his arms and his eye lenses. Is there any purpose to this? Of course not. Does it add to the game? Heck yes. The little character animations like this do a lot to add life to what could have otherwise been a very dull game.

The music in Zap is appropriate to the game and even though it’s a loop it’s not repetitive. If you find that you don’t like the music you can mute it. The sound effects work very well for this game as well. There’s the constant sound of your engines running in the background and you get a nice metallic clang whenever you’re struck by an asteroid. The one audio cue you need to be aware of is the low fuel warning, though by the time you hear this you’re probably not going to recover enough fuel to play for much longer.

10/10. Great job on the graphics, shows what can really be done with Flash.

8/10. Lots of replay value here to see how much further you can get or how high of a score you can achieve.

9/10. Excellent work with the audio, really.

8/10. It’s a standard dodger with a weapon added.

8/10. Mouse to move and mouse or space to fire. Surprisingly tight controls.

Of all the games that Ultimate Arcade has uploaded this is one you definitely should be checking out. 9/10

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