Canyons of Mars is an exciting and challenging arcade game where players must fly through a Martian canyon using their jetpack.
Developed by South Pacific Apps, a New Zealand based app development studio, Canyons of Mars will entertain you for hours as you dodge falling rocks in the thin Martian atmosphere.
Canyons of Mars has several fun features that make for fun and exciting gameplay. Players must avoid rocks by simply pressing/tapping left or right on the screen of their device to avoid the rocks.
Players can also collect neat powerups and weapon upgrades (blasters) along their journey up from the depths of the canyon.
These powerups such as Repair Powerups and Shield Powerups are gathered until the status circle is filled up. Players can then activate them by simply tapping on them – they are not automatically activated.
Take note that a direct hit by a rock often means an instant death and players will need to start over.
There are 17 different avatars with better stats (better armor and speed) that can be unlocked by collecting minerals along your journey. Players can also collect blue battery boosters that temporarily increase their speed as their character zooms on upwards.
Canyons of Mars uses the Google Play leaderboard so players can compare their stats against their buddies. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to turn off that option (it pops up before every time the game is played), which can sometimes (rarely) cause the app to crash if playing the game in a place without data/WiFi connection.
Overall, Canyons of Mars brings back the memories of arcade games like Atari’s Asteroid but with the modern twist of spectacular graphics, realistic physics and fun powerups.
Appearance and Layout
Canyons of Mars has well-made cartoonish graphics with a splendidly drawn background that uses a calm colour palette. The soft appearance of Canyons of Mars makes it appealing to all ages!
The layout is user friendly and the icons are easy to understand. Players can pause the game simply by pressing the pause button. There aren’t many options because Canyons of Mars is already very streamlined in its approach.
Canyons of Mars is free to download. It does have In-App Purchases that range from $0.99 to $1.99. Canyons of Mars needs 26 MB of space and offers countless hours of playtime.
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Canyons of Mars requires Android 2.3 and up.
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