Notebook Wars Saga
It's the shooter series that turns "shock and awe!" into "shock and draw!" It's the arcade shoot-em-up where a lone pilot sets out to erase all of his foes... literally! It's Notebook Wars Saga, also available for Android and iOS, Francisco Ferreres' vertical-scrolling war game that shows us that the battlefield of the future will just as likely as not be some kid's fifth-period notebook (at least once he's finished covering it in ZOFOs and that Stussy S thing). After the conclusion of the Notebook Space Wars, we're back on terra firma, and while the engine is now Unity, the mission should be instantly familiar: shoot things and make them explode!
Click and drag the mouse to direct your spaceship, shooting enemies and avoiding their attacks. Defeated enemies will release coins which you can collect to purchase upgrades and new ships at your hangar between levels. You also have access to screen-clearing bombs that can be activated by clicking the button in the lower right of the screen. There are 15 levels to clear, each one giving you a ranking based on the percentage of enemies you destroy. Notebook Wars Saga is a bit of an odd mish-mash of old and new. The transition to a new engine with an obvious eye towards mobile releases means that a lot of the features fans are used to, like autofire, keyboard controls, variable difficulty levels and so forth are gone, which is a disappointment. On the other hand, even if the mechanics have returned to Notebook Wars 1 level, the game has never looked and played better, with the new engine finally shaking the lag that can plague recent flash-based installments of the series. In short, while opinions may split on whether it is a step forward or backwards for the Notebook Wars series, Notebook Wars Saga should definitely appeal to those shooter fans looking for a stream-lined approach or for fast fun on the go.
Notebook Wars Saga (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone)
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