(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time or money.)
Stellar Mercenaries is a vertical shmup by Quest Builders that was recently released on the App Store. You play as a lone mercenary as you take on a plethora of tasks and missions. SM really surprised me once I dug into it. At first glance, I thought it was just going to be a generic shooter. But, once I spent some time with the game, it ended up having a fair amount of depth. There’s a standard campaign that you follow, but you can also go into the local bar and find deals on equipment or take on side quests to earn more money and notoriety. Missions are pretty standard with them mostly being “shoot down this ship”, but add a nice touch to the game. The bar also changes patrons every day that passes in-game. Completing missions will earn you money that you can use to purchase new ships and weapons. As you gain more notoriety, you’ll attract more attention from bar patrons and other mercenaries. Stellar Mercenaries may not be the greatest looking game, but it’s gameplay and depth more than make up for any shortcomings. If you’re a fan of shmups, this one is definitely worth checking out!
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