Super Crate Box is a great game yet, at the same time, it will drive you into madness in minutes. It is also one of the most addictive game I have on my iPod. The concept for the game is simple, collect as many boxes as you can whilst fighting off the enemies. Sounds boring, right? That’s where you’re wrong. Every time you pick up a box, your weapon changes to something different. That still sounds pretty simple but there’s more. The more boxes you collect, the more enemies spawn. And in case that wasn’t enough, whenever an enemy reaches the bottom of the level and walks into the fire pit, it comes back out at the top of the level and it’s double its original speed. Once you start getting higher numbers of enemies on the screen, these enemies quickly flood the screen and become a giant pain in the neck.
There are a total of 13 different weapons some of these you start off with and the rest you unlock during the game. Each time you pick up a crate, your current weapon switches to something different. This helps vary the gameplay and also means that you get a different experience every time you play. Each weapon has its own different traits which makes them all play differently. This randomly changing system always keeps you on your toes and really makes you think about your next move.
As well as the unlockable weapons, there are also a total of 22 characters that you unlock by reaching a set score during the game. There is no way to choose which of these characters you want to play as, but your character does change everytime you restart after dying. The characters do not make any notable difference to the gameplay, but are still a nice reward for reaching some of the higher scores in the game.
There is only a total of three levels in the game, which may seem bad but to be honest it doesn’t really limit the game at all. This is probably helped by the addictive nature of the game as well as the fact that there is also two extra game modes to unlock, which challenges you even more. The first mode you unlock is called SFMT (I’m not really sure what that actually means). The enemies spawn faster in this mode which often means that you are quickly outnumbered and have to use the weapon you have to the best of your abilities to kill and make it easier to move around the level. The second unlockable mode is called ambush, and in my opinion, is the best mode of the two. Whereas in the normal and SFMT modes, you will be used to enemies all spawning from the top of the level and making their way downwards ambush takes that and adds enemies that spawn randomly around the level. Not only that, it also spawns the red and faster moving enemies that you would normally only face after an enemy has been through the fire pit at the bottom of the level. This mode really pushes your skills and you can often find yourself in some pretty sticky situations… especially if you are given less than helpful guns in the game.
Super Crate Box has quickly become one of my favourite games and always keeps me coming back for more. Despite the small amount of maps and game modes available, the game still remains a great fun to play and is always challenging to play. The simple nature of the gameplay is addicting as well as accessible for everyone and would also make for some great “pass the remote” gaming fun at parties or with a group of friends.
Another thing to note is that the 1.2 update for the game is going to include a bunch of new characters and challenges. Super Crate Box is available now on the app store for £1.49 and is well worth the download.