Critical Mass is a game set in the future, where you are the commander of a squadron of spaceships. You will be sent on one of 40 different types of mission, ranging from protecting a convoy, to attacking an enemy starbase, to defending Earth.
You fight enemy spaceships using six different types of missiles which home in on the nearest target, so you have to be careful not to destroy your own friends...
The game is turn based, but with missiles homing in on your tail, enemy ships weaving to get out of your line of sight and sirens screaming warnings at you it can get pretty frantic!
- added the option to start a new commander from the rank of your highest previous commander
Ratings and Reviews
Pretty great but needs an update
The Mechanics and graphics of the game are great but they need to make some changes to make it more like the original. First they need to add the design your own ship feature. Secondly they need to make some simple updates like adding mission objective in game. Once you start the mission there is no way to see what your objective is. Another simple change I recommend is making it clear how to earn money. Sometimes you gain a lot some times you lose money when you successfully complete a mission. It seems to be related to you medal and how many of your squads ships supply but it is not clear. Overall a fun addictive game.
I recommend downloading Critical Mass! 2022
Missions are played in quick turns, and it feels like intense dogfighting in space. In a turn, the player adjusts the course of their spaceship, decides what types of missiles to fire, and can eject or use the ‘cloak’ or ‘forcefield’ ability.
Before missions, the player is allotted points (rewarded by success) to assemble their squadron. Also, the mission briefing is given.
After missions, the game reports the mission outcome and awards you and your surviving squadron. It feels good if you manage to keep your entire squadron alive.
Here are a few tips I’d tell my past self:
- Don’t shoot your buddies down!
- Learn behavioral patterns!
- Think two moves ahead.
- You don’t have to fire at every chance.
- READ MISSION BRIEFINGS!
My best game just ended and lasted 14 missions, and I was awarded 2 gold medals (among others). Update: I’ve reached 20 missions with 4 gold medals! Update again: I'm a pro!
Very addicting and fun
I played this game as a kid back in the late 90s, and was happily surprised when I found it on here. My only complaint is that I wish you could reset the Honor Roll.
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- Sean O'Connor
- 18.6 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Apple Vision
- Requires visionOS 1.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 1995 Sean O'Connor
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