Posts Tagged ‘Classics’

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #18, and today’s game is “Planet Crashmania 9,000,000”.

This is one of those quirky games that works both because of the simplicity of its core game concept and the simple audacity of its premise. On each level you play the play the role of a doomed planet whose orbit is inexorably decaying and is about to spiral into its star. The population of the planet needs to be evacuated to an outer planet, safe from the ravages of the sun. You must alternate between building rockets to send some of your population to safety, or building nuclear missiles to protect them from threats.

And those threats are many. Asteroids periodically enter the solar system, potentially threatening the population either on the planet you’re escaping from or the ones who’ve already been evacuated to their new home. Aliens will sometimes attempt to intervene in your efforts and must also be shot down. Some solar systems have asteroid fields that further complicate your efforts. Finally, if you can get past all the other obstacles, you still have to (more…)