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
- Bug fix for saving scores and preferences
Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
Retro Hook Champ in Spaaaaaaace!
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).
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.