Orion’s Belt

If you look up into the night sky and see three stars lined up in a row, you’re looking at the belt portion of the constellation Orion. And if you look reeeaaallly closely, you can see little spaceships flying around trying to kill each other with missiles, mines, and countermeasures! Seriously, they’re out there.

Orion’s Belt is an arcade shooter that opens with some pretty cool videos that provide backstory to explain how your humble character known as Chef went from flipping spaceburgers to flying missions in an effort to defend against some evil bastards known as the Alnitakans.

As with most good combat games, there’s a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to figuring out how to control your ship and deploy all the cool weapons it’s equipped with. Orion’s Belt lets you learn the ropes through a series of missions that start off really easy and gradually increase in difficulty as you start to get a feel for destroying Alnitakans. It may seem intimidating at first, but the missions are good at training you so it won’t be too long before you’re blowing stuff up like a pro.

If missions aren’t your thing and you just want to slaughter aliens, there’s also a Skirmish mode that lets you choose up to eight enemies to fight against and, if you’re a gigantic wuss, you can also add in some wingmen to bring with you into the fray. The wingmen won’t help you pick up chicks, but they definitely make survival a little easier and are actually kind of fun to have around in the chaos of battle.

Orion’s Belt is a pretty sweet game and Cellufun, Inc. has done a great job on just about every aspect of the app from graphics to sound to gameplay to their online gaming community where global high scores are flaunted. It doesn’t defer to iPod music which is a shame, but other than that it seems very complete and has plenty of replay value.

Right now Orion’s Belt is on sale at $.99, so if you’re looking for this kind of game it’s definitely worth picking up at this price. I don’t know what the “regular” price is but I’d say it’s easily worth $2-$3, and maybe even as much as $5 if you super-love this game genre.

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