A simple space shooter that wishes it was Galaga
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 28 May 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Quality graphics, decent game play, two-finger controls
Very common, challenging controls, animation is a bit laggy
CANOPUS for Android is a cool space shooter, similar to Galaga, but nowhere near as good. Fly your starship through space and blast the crap outta anything that moves. This one has some cool graphics but the controls are wonky.
CANOPUS displays in landscape and starts you off at good ol' planet Earth. Your mission, is to fly through space blasting enemy craft coming at you from the top of the screen. This is a vertically scrolling game and the onslaught comes at you in waves, with lots of levels to work through. There's really no plot worth mentioning here, nor does there need to be. Just dodge the oncoming fire, blow up enemy craft and try your hand at some big boss fights that pit your puny craft against some truly hulking monstrosities. If Earth is in this much danger, your one lone fighter isn't gonna make a dent. Yup, there's even some power ups to earn. The play is very straightforward and basic, making it kid friendly too.
The controls use a virtual joystick on the lower left with a lone weaponry button on the lower right. All worked fine but the mechanics felt slow and held back, perhaps intentionally. It's almost as if the game would have played better in portrait so there's more room between you and the top of the screen, allowing more time for the sluggish controls to move you into position to take out your enemies. The graphics are actually quite good, with nicely detailed enemy craft, beautiful views of outer space and near photo realistic renditions of Earth. The animation is decent with some cool explosions and relatively clean renders. The sounds are simple and retro without grating on the nerves.
CANOPUS is best suited to kids and retro enthusiasts. It's not perfect by any means, but it is wholly playable and should entertain for a little while at least.