My favorite game in the App Store. A modern classic
This game is very underrated. I’m so happy it’s still available after 9 years. It’s also apparently been updated with new features like a timed mode. I’ve had many apps and games on my phone, but this one has been a staple. Solid gameplay, retro graphics. It’s a modern classic. I wish more games were like this one. I’m a sucker for vector graphics look and feel. It’s more fun than actually playing an Asteroids clone on the iPhone because of the control scheme. I just wish there were more modes... the new timed mode is a step in the right direction. Maybe some day the developer could include a weapons mode or a rival mode where there’s an enemy spacecraft? Maybe a hyperspace button that can be used once or twice to save you from collision? Or a shield? Or alternative ships, like ones that look like the old cinematronics space war ships? It’s encouraging that after 9 years the developer is still updating this. This game should not be abandoned. I hope to see continued support for it and who knows.. maybe now after 9 years a Tractor Beam 2 is in order. If you like retro games, play this game!
This game is great except for a problem with the gameplay. The most annoying one is if you die with many asteroids on the screen you have to wait about 7 seconds for them to pass. This is exceptionally annoying on the timed runs because you sit there while the game wastes time. When you die, all the asteroids on screen should disappear so you can resume immediately.
Not a lot to it and yet it's pretty cute and compelling. Your score is entirely based on the distance you make (up if in portrait mode). It supports multi-touch so my favorite move so far is to find to asteroids up ahead and have them sling me up ahead and then use whichever rocks I find while whizzing by to correct my course. It's interesting to see how the implement the harder difficulty levels. Smaller area, more rocks, faster moving, and your tractor beam will not simply pull you to the rocks but will also do more to pull the rocks to you. The controls are pretty simple and intuitive but it can be frustrating when you, for example really need to pull to the left but there aren't any asteroids to the left to pull to. Although a few game in I caught that it is wrap around although when tractoring I think the game always draws the quickest onscreen line to the object (so your ships can wrap around but not your tractor beams).
Even if you only p,ay it for a few minutes, it will be a FUN few minutes. And if you back to it again you just may find it addixtive. Old school graphics with a fairly unique gameplay mechanism. I found myself wishing that there was something else to do, like collect special floating bonuses, but, its fun as is. Certainly worth a buck. I've paid more for crud. My hat is off for the developer who came up with this idea.
Deceptively simple. Very well done. Incredibly addictive. When I feel like playing a quick game on my iPad, Tractor Beam is inevitably the one I pick. The rules are simple, but it's astoundingly difficult but in a fun "I will get through this time for sure!!" kind of way. The graphics are reminiscent of 'omega race' for you old schoolers. One of the most well executed games for touch interface. Did I mention it's REALLY fun?
Finally, a game that looks sounds and feels like when I started playing asteroids The generative music goes seamlessly with the sound efx and the controls are perfect for the touch screen. So easy and so hard. Just the thing that used to have me spending all of my allowance in quarters at the arcade. At .99 its a steal This is the best vector based game for the iPhone. IMHO. And the first time I've felt like writing a review Thanks!!!!!
Not only is this the best iPhone game I've ever played, but perhaps the greatest game ever played known to man. If this app were a god, I would praise it's name all the day long. I would sing joyous hymns of heavenly blessings to my dear sweet lord. Oh powerful and all knowing tractor beam hear my words of unconditional love and devotion. Do yourselves a favor and buy this app and start the rest of your life off with absolute contentness. Amen.
Great use of multitouch too! Game runs super smooth on my 3GS, and has a surprising amount of depth. A couple of suggestions/complaints. It sometimes hangs on load. It seems weird to me that I'm playing in a cylinder (i.e. the top of the screen wraps around to the bottom), yet my tractor beam doesn't wrap around the cylinder. Finally, as I think other reviewers have suggested, it would be nice to have leaderboards, achievements, etc. Thanks for making such a great game!
The method of moving your ship, by using a tractor beam on the asteroids, makes for refreshingly different gameplay. It's a little more fun on the iPad because the controls are easier. Some more goals would be interesting. Maybe targets to run over, or a slightly less demanding speed run.
Fun concept, not much of a game though. Could use many more features, right now it's very bare-bones and unexciting. (Not even leaderboards?) Most of my deaths are inevitable due to flawed design, I've found myself stuck with no options many times. I know it's supposed to look like asteroids, but the graphics are bland, and the wireframe look has been done a thousand times. Ugly icon too. Lack of creativity, uniqueness, and features is mostly what's holding this down.
Fun and quite original! I didn't realize until recently that you can touch multiple asteroids for simultaneous tractor beams.. This makes the game even more exciting. Minimal/old school art works well for the gameplay too. The music is nice too. Hats off to the dev(s)!
Really challenging and addicting. Really don't regret this game. A couple of problems. A few times when you spawn you are faced with an impossible obstical, like a single asteroid directly infront of you. And also sometimes seems to get stuck on a loop.
Tractor Beam has a cool, retro-arcade vibe. The control scheme works perfectly in the touch screen environment. The music is exceptionally smooth, which is especially amazing when you consider that it's randomly generated and never the same twice.
This game makes great use of the touch functionality; it's a simple game and it gets redundant after a few sessions, but it's always fun to come back to. Needs a few technical tweaks here and there (especially the irregular wait time right after you lose a life). Great randomized music as well.
This was a fun game before, but timed mode pushes it over the top! I completely love this now. The randomly generated music is really cool and such a simple game is incredibly addicting! Timed mode always gets my heart racing now. Officially my favorite app!
It's a great game, unique mechanics makes every play different. It gets addicting to try to beat your high score. Cool retro graphics call back the days of Asteroid and the Atari. Big props to the game designers, the game runs flawlessly. It's endlessly entertaining
The most fun casual game I've seen on the iPhone. The old asteroids flavor with a new gameplay twist: instead of shooting asteroids, you pull them toward you and try not to destroy yourself. Even better after the update! Simply exquisite, like an aged wine or a fine Cuban cigar.
I've never written a review for anything in my life. I'm a kid of the 70s who played Asteroids way too much. This isn't Asteroids but it's almost as good. Same feel. Cool music. Do you value your time? Buyer beware.
Please issue an update that supports older devices again, because of the last update, I have a non-selectabele update in the App Store that can't be removed (I guess without removing the app) and my Update All button is disabled. There is no good reason that a game like this should be IOS 6 only, especially when that breaks the user experience for origional iPad users.
It was fine for like four plays, but now it won't even get past the loading screen. But it's a cool game when it works! Very simple, yet very entertaining. You're, like, slingshotting your way through space. It's great. Please fix it.
This game is fun! However this version on my iPad was full of bugs. It crashed, locked wouldn't reload and slowed the function and usability of other apps on the iPad. The app support button goes to an error message. When this game functioned properly it is awesome. Great game, buggy version, no support availability.
The game now includes a timed mode. You have to go as fast as you can and try to reach checkpoints (each one gives you extra time) before time runs out. It adds an exciting flavor to the game if you want something to motivate you to go as fast as you can. Five stars for actually adding some cool new content!
Your engines are down. Use your tractor beams to move. "Some of the most fun we've had with $0.99 on the iPhone and we still can't put it down" - Slide To Play Tractor beam is a powerfully simple and addictive arcade game inspired by the classics. Unarmed and out of fuel, to survive you must slingshot your ship through an asteroid field using only your tractor beam. But the beam will also send the asteroids on a collision course with your ship, making for a unique challenge as you press onward to earn points. Tractor Beam can be played in either portrait or landscape orientation, and multi-touch gameplay allows for more than one beam and complex strategies. The procedurally generated background music is never the same twice, or choose to listen to your own music from within the iPod application. - Classic arcade look and feel - Multi-touch gameplay - Three levels of difficulty - Dynamic music is created on-the-fly - Allows for music from other applications