“ Manufacturer: Majesco / Publisher: Majesco / Genre: Adventure / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Max. Number Of Players: 1 / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Violence / Release Date: 31 May, 2003 „
"Iridion II" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by VU Games. It is a shooting game and a sequel to the earlier "Iridion 3D". In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The game appears inspired by 1980s arcade games. The plot of the game suggests that Earth has been invaded by hostile forces known as the "Iridion" and it is the player's objective to eradicate these hordes by piloting a space craft. Presented from a vertical perspective, the player navigates through 15 stages with aims of destroying as many of the enemy craft as possible. He or she must also dodge their fire and can collect green pod like items which offer upgrade to their space craft's weapons. It is generally an easy game to complete and does not offer a considerable amount of difficulty. At the end of each stage a boss ship will come into play but each of these can be defeated without much effort. The player's space ship offers a strong shield and is able to endure numerous hits before perishing, and it is this somewhat excessive strength that makes gameplay easy.
The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on the player's ship. Each stage is stunning in appearance and offers a considerable amount of detailing in the assorted outer space features. One stage in particularly resembles the pivotal Star Wars Death Star moment. The soundtrack is also of a good standard with numerous, quick paced phaser sounds and other arcade effects accompanying play.
Overall, Iridion II is a game I would recommend to fans of arcade style playing. I find it to be an enjoyable game and remains a fun experience for extended periods of time.