Cosmic Nitro [iTunes link] wears both its influences and its premise on its sleeve. As you can tell by the video above, putting it any other way than “it’s survival mode Missile Command x insanity” would be doing it a disservice.
The game’s the latest from Phil Hassey, creator of IGF Mobile innovation award winner Galcon, and, despite appearances, its greatest weakness might be that it’s too easy: I managed to survive the three minutes of even its 9th maxed-out level at first touch.
Though it sorely lacks any connectivity — even a simple online leaderboard would give subsequent runthroughs of its levels more purpose, and its ‘apocalypse mode’ (which counts the timer up rather than down) begs for worldwide ranking — it’s probably the best take I’ve played of the arcade classic on the device, and is easily today’s best 99 cent distraction.
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