Planet Protector got a very favourable review over at PodGamer and it was free, so I decided to give it a go.

It’s a shooty little blighter, where you roam around a planet trying to shoot aliens before they damage your home world. (At least, I assume it’s your home world, it’s a lot of effort to go to to defend an outlying colony. Maybe it has strategic importance or it’s rich in naturally-formed tacos or something.)

Planet Protector

Behold! The Taco Planet!

The control system, on paper, makes a huge amount of sense. You tap where you want to aim and your little ship spins around the planet to that point. To fire, you simply hold your finger down on the screen. In practice, I found it hard to get used to and having to hold my big, fat finger over enemies made things a bit of a trial.

Worst of all, though, is that the game only randomly seemed to save high scores. Sometimes I’d leave the app and come back and my high score would have been saved, sometimes it wouldn’t. (Maybe it doesn’t deal properly with being dumped out of memory? A pure guess.) That was annoying enough for me to delete the game, but if I see an update come down from on high with a fix, I’ll give it another go.