‘Plan B From Beyond’ Review – Great Concept And A Good Start

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On July 13, 2012
Last modified:July 13, 2012

Summary:

Though Plan B From Beyond is a fun initially, the gameplay gets rather repetitive after a while. The plot, which is usually a lacking point in many mobile games, had potential but it did not really stand out. That’s a downside, especially when a game is only available as a paid version. Chris-Harden has a great start and if they update the game with more content over time (possibly using this version as a freebie to draw people in); Plan B From Beyond would really start living up to its potential.

Do you ever wake up and feel the urge to set some cows on fire? Hypothetically speaking. If so, Plan B From Beyond might be the game for you. In the game you are an alien, following the orders of your overlord, attempting to abduct as many cows as possible, and they prefer them barbecued. You collect the cows, set them on fire with your ray beam and throw them into a portal. The more cows you set on fire before collecting, the more bonuses your overlord throw back at you from the portal. Alas, pesky human beings don’t seem to like what you’re doing, so along the way you have to destroy tractors, trucks, police cars and helicopters; just so things aren’t too easy for you, you have to do all this on a time limit.

This weekend I had to opportunity to try out the new game Plan B From Beyond, for Android. The game appears to be the first from developer Chris-Harden and after playing through the game, it appears to be a great first effort on the developers’ part.  The sound quality is clear and following the opening screen the music volume remains pretty low, so you don’t have to keep your device muted the whole time you play. The graphics themselves are basic, but they suit the game’s arcade style well; however, the plot scenes appeared to have some issues fitting to the screen on my Galaxy S3, which was unfortunate because they rely heavily on text to get their point across. I encountered the same problem with the screens that explain the game’s controls, which resulted in a lot of cows getting thrown into buildings at first.

The controls themselves for the game are relatively simple, once you figure out what they are for. On the right you have a set of arrows that you move with your finger in order to maneuver your flying saucer and on the left you have three buttons: tractor beam, weapon beam and death ray. The tractor beam works instantly and the weapon beam has a relatively quick charge time. The death ray on the other hand is not available all of the time (you have to purchase it between levels at 1000 credits a shot) and takes a while to fire after you trigger it, which means following your intended target and staying above it until the beam goes off.

The game is divided up into 4 seasons that consist of ten levels, including a bonus level and a boss level. Each level takes place in a fenced in field with a barn in it and roads around it. For each cow you collect and each vehicle you destroy, you earn credits that can be used in between levels to upgrade your ship’s shields, speed, weapon and armor. These credits can also be used to purchase death ray beams, which may only be used once. The only level that isn’t timed is the boss level, which ends when the boss is destroyed. I found that the boss levels were the best way to earn lots of credits because as long as the boss’ bullets are avoided, the player can choose to keep the boss clinging to life as they collect cows to their hearts’ content without a timer to worry about. Grinding dem’ cows.

Though Plan B From Beyond is a fun initially, the gameplay gets rather repetitive after a while. The plot, which is usually a lacking point in many mobile games, had potential but it did not really stand out. That’s a downside, especially when a game is only available as a paid version. Chris-Harden has a great start and if they update the game with more content over time (possibly using this version as a freebie to draw people in); Plan B From Beyond would really start living up to its potential.  

More information is available on their . The Android version can be downloaded at the for $0.99.

Review

Pros Cons
Great concept, interesting gameplay, and decent graphics Gets boring after a certain amount of time and requires a bit of money grinding
Rating
67%

 

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