App Review: Starfront: Collision

Gangstar, Near Orbit Vangard Alliance, Modern Combat, Let’s Golf, Hero of Sparta, Guitar Rock Tour, GT Racing Motor Academy, Eternal Legacy, Sacred Odyssey, Star Battalion and Shadow Guardian all have something in common. Besides all being developed by the iOS game giant Gameloft, they are all clones of well known games like Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Call of Duty, Hot Shots Golf, God of War, Rock Band, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, Zelda, Lylat Wars and Uncharted. Gameloft has one more game to add to this vast list of clones, Starfront: Collision, which is a Starcraft clone.

Developed in 1998 by Blizzard, Starcraft hit huge success with its great gameplay and compelling storyline. Gameloft’s Starfront: Collision lives up to such a famous, well-known game, or will it end up being a careless attempt at a remake. Gameloft actually did a great job with this game with its grand gameplay, ample audio, tremendous replay value, and great value for your hard-earned pennies. The graphics, however, are rushed and are not to par with other Gameloft titles.

Gameplay and Controls

Starfront Collision takes place on planet Simstral where three races of beings are after the xenodium crystals. The Consortium, a human race, are mining the rare crystals for the riches that come with it. Since they are addicted to xenodium, the Myriad, an indigenous alien race, are willing to fight to stop their supply of the crystals from depleting. To add to the mix, a robot race called the Wardens are also fighting for control of these valuable crystals.

The Consortium, Myriad, and Wardens are the three main races in the game; they are all after the precious xenodium

Each of the three races has their own special abilities, buildings, and units. Each one has their advantages depending on how you plan your fights. In the main campaign you play as all the races starting with the Consortium, then the Myriad, and end the game playing as the Wardens. There are a total of 17 total missions; each increasing in difficulty as you progress through them. This is enough to keep you busy for hours.

There are a total of 17 campaign missions in the game, they increase in difficulty

You have 7 different maps to choose from when playing the game in skirmish mode, where you and the computer AI face off in a one-on-one battle. I wish you could do team battles with the computer or even four way assaults. Unlike the offline mode, the online modes both support this already.

The game is a fast-paced challenging real time strategy (RTS) game. Starfront feel a lot like a genuine Starcraft game. Gameloft did a great job with this clone. It is actually very fun to play, and it’s just exciting. The game also is very in-depth with the units and actions that can be done.

The controls are very simple and easy to adapt to. There are 2 main modes of controls that change the resulting action of drags and multi-touch drags:

  • Scheme 1: drag to move the map. Dragging with two fingers allows you to select multiple units.
  • Scheme 2: drag to select multiple units. Dragging with two fingers will then move the map.

That’s the only difference. The rest of the controls are the same:

  • Tap on an item to select it; select another area to move there or interact with other objects. The rest is then done with on-screen buttons and slider.
  • Slide the slider on the left-hand side to zoom in and out.
  • The left hand arrow allows you to show the group list. You can have 3 groups assigned at once. You tap the group number to assign or select the group. Hold it to disband the group.
  • Press the “x” button to deselect an object, group, or building.
  • Use the group button to switch to the last selected group. Helps you do multiple attacks at once.
  • The four right hand buttons allow you to do specialized actions specific to the unit or building.
  • Touch the arrow in the upper-right-hand corner to reveal or hide the map. Press an area of the map to navigate to it quickly.
  • There are probably some controls I’m missing, but these are the main ones.

The controls in Starfront are a bunch of on-screen buttons

Gameloft did a great job on the gameplay and controls of Starfront: Collision. The game is a good challenge with 4 difficulty levels and is very in-depth with its units and structures. The controls are natural to the iOS platform and what you’d expect an RTS to be like. However, the lack of 3-4 player single player support in skirmish will affect the score in a minor way.

Gameplay and Controls: ★★★★½

Graphics and Presentation

Gameloft has been doing an absolutely amazing job creating absolutely gorgeous graphics lately when releasing games. The graphics in Starfront: Collision are nice; I wish I could say the same for the buttons and menus though.

As stated already, the graphics in Starfront are just stunning. They are crisp, clear, and clean. If you zoom in while playing, you can view every detail on the soldiers, vehicles, and buildings. Gameloft did a really nice job with the graphics of the game. The high-quality, detailed graphics and smooth animations are things that I have taken granted from Gameloft. There are some really splendid graphics in this game.

The graphics are smooth down to every detail, as you can see in this replay

That being said, the menus are a completely different story. There is just no retina support with the buttons. This comes down to show up everywhere as it is impossible to find a screenshot without a pixilated button or bar. The buttons and menus seemed rushed because they were blurry and not of high-quality. This is something that I know Gameloft can do better on. However, the menus are still structured nicely and are easy to navigate. The rushing of the images used in the menus takes you away from this though.

The menus in the game are rushed and blurry; not Gameloft-like

As the caption above stated, the game supports replays. You can save replays in the game to view later. The replays are good to either to watch you destroy your enemy, or learn from your mistakes. Replays can help in many ways as they can help you develop battle plans that will bring your enemy to your mercy. Starcraft: Collision is the only game I know of on the App Store that supports replays.

Gameloft did a great job with the crisp, clear graphics of the game. The replays are a nice touch to the game. However, their rushed menus just make the game look downright bad. Graphics is normally a place where Gameloft shines. However, in this case, it is the game’s biggest weakness.

Graphics and Presentation: ★★★½


When you start the game, you are shown a video of the story behind the game. This is fine at first, but there is no option to turn off the video. So in order to play your music, you have to skip the video, then go back into the multitasking bar and play your iPod again. After that, you can finally begin playing. This is a minor problem, and the audio in the game is abundant.

After the video, you hear the background music (BGM) begin to play. The BGM has an action-packed, unsettling feel to it. Nonetheless, it still does its job to get the player ready for a battle to be fought.

The game features many sound effects. Every gun fire, explosion, splatter, and voice can be heard in a crystal-clear tone. The quality of the audio is extremely high. You can also hear when you press the buttons on the menus and in the game. The sound effects are well done by Gameloft.

The game is missing voiceovers for some reason. They aren’t there at all. Although they aren’t needed, it would have been nice to see them. A game like this still doesn’t require them though.

Besides some minor problems, the audio in the game is actually really nice. The BGM is of quality, and there are heaps of sound effects to compliment the gameplay nicely. The start video and the lack of voiceovers are minor, and only affect the score in a small way.

Audio: ★★★★½

Replay Value

Starcraft: Collision offers users plenty of replay value that will bring the user coming back to play the game over and over again. Gameloft really excels with the replay value in this game.

To start off, Gameloft offers users multiplayer mode. Both local and online are supported. In both instances, there is a max of four players that can fight off. There is also team support in this. The online and local play is a really nice touch as it adds an infinitesimal amount of replay value to the game.

If you don’t have any friends to play with, or internet, then there is skirmish mode. This mode, however, seems really skimmed down. There is no support for more than 2 players battling off. This means only one-on-one. You want some teams? You can’t have any. This is the only downside I see to the game.

Besides multiplayer, Gameloft also offers users 57 achievements to attempt to get. Again, if you are a person who goes after all the achievements, this is enough to keep you busy for a while. However, with people like me, I could care less.

Starfront Collision offers users 57 total achievements

Gameloft jam packs this game with an infinitesimal amount of replay value with their multiplayer modes along with the achievements. The skirmish mode is there if you want a calm fight against computer, however, it is a little watered down.

Replay Value: ★★★★½

Value For Money

Starfront: Collision currently is priced at 7 dollars in the iTunes App Store. However, with the rushed state that it is in, I don’t see it being worth this much. We should not be made to pay full price for a half-abaked game. However, it is still worth at least 5-6 dollars with everything Gameloft does give you. You receive a long, 17 mission campaign with your purchase of the full game where you play as three races through increasing difficulty. The game is just fun to play, and does have infinite replay value. The game runs smoothly and is of high quality. However, the rushed menus just bring it down. Since it is still worth 5-6 dollars, the half-baked menus will not affect the score that much.

Value For Money: ★★★★½

Final Thoughts

Starcraft has been around for the PC for over a decade and it made its way to the iOS platform as a clone by Gameloft. This clone is called Starfront: Collision. It does a nice job as a clone and does live up to the Starcraft name. The rushed menu is the main thing that bring down the game as it makes it look low quality. The game however, is the opposite of what the menus show. The high-quality, exciting, and fast-paced gameplay is a must have for any RTS fan out there.

Final Scores:

  • Gameplay and Controls: ★★★★½
  • Graphics and Presentation: ★★★½
  • Audio: ★★★★½
  • Replay Value: ★★★★½
  • Value For Money: ★★★★½

Overall Score:

† All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the Review Team. Overall scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
All applications and accessories were purchased at their respective prices unless stated otherwise.

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