Are you sick and tired of short, bite-sized games on the iPhone? Do you want a galaxy-wide game that takes hours to complete and days to do and find everything? Are you patient enough to wait a few minutes to travel between destinations while doing absolutely nothing? Well, Galaxy on Fire 2 is the game for you! Seriously though, Galaxy on Fire 2 is a spacefaring game set in an expansive galaxy with dozens upon dozens of activities to perform, missions to complete, people to talk to, items to collect, and achievements to unlock. Unfortunately, getting to the fun stuff takes more time than it should.
Galaxy on Fire 2, like its predecessor, is a simple game. Traversing from planet to planet, players complete story and side missions in order to buy upgrades for their spaceship to complete progressively more difficult missions. Missions can be broken down to combat, escort, trade, and collection types with different variants. As you complete missions or collect salvage, you gain credits to purchase new ships and equipment using the multitude of space station hangars. Galaxy on Fire 2’s main problem is that gaining access to powerful ships and fun missions takes a lot of credits and a lot of time.
- Players have an expansive galaxy to explore -
After more than two hours into Galaxy on Fire 2’s story mode, I finally earned enough credits to buy a decent ship that could handle well and do more than just mine meteors. The amount of time to complete missions is drawn-out by long periods of space traversal from one wavepoint to the next with nothing to shoot in between. Until you can get a decent boost drive, expect to wait minutes travelling between destinations. I literally made a sandwich in the time it took to travel from one mission to another due to the obnoxious inability to fast travel between galaxies as long as there is a galaxy in between them. If science fiction has taught us anything, it’s that it is possible to travel from one warp gate to another regardless of location. Fortunately, patient spacefarers will find that Galaxy on Fire 2’s gameplay becomes fast and fun with responsive and well laid out controls.
Galaxy on Fire 2’s graphics are impressive with detailed textures and excellent color design. However, the art design definitely takes cues from popular science fiction, which makes the visual experience uninspired at times. Character portraits are amateurish. The music score is appropriately subdued and ambient, with high-powered sound effects providing a much-appreciated contrast. The character voice-overs are badly acted.
- Upgrading your rig takes a while but rewards the patient -
Overall, Galaxy on Fire 2 is a massive game with an equally massive amount of time commitment required to get to the fun stuff. Most players will dismiss the game due to its slow beginning, but diligent players will discover a rewarding galaxy to explore.
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