Every experienced Galaxy on Fire 2™ player will surely know that it takes way more than just good piloting skills and a reckless attitude to hold one’s ground in a war-torn universe populated by all kinds of belligerent aliens, ruthless pirates and cutthroat space traders. Sure, if you just wanna survive within this hotter-than-hell environment, open eyes and alert senses in the cockpit of your Phantom fighter might be all you need. But if you wanna work your way up in the system and make a name not only as the galaxy’s best fighter pilot, but also as its most successful purveyor of rare commodities and highly sought-after innovations, you’re gonna need some other talents as well, such as cleverness and dexterity. So far, these skills were most needed to succeed in the tricky “mining” mini-game – which drove more than just one space adventurer to the borders of madness when his drill slipped sideward in the very last second and caused the harvested asteroid to explode only a short moment before the valuable core had been reached. [full] To make sure that your fingers won’t get rusty in Supernova either, we’ve added two new mini-games to the second expansion pack of our action-packed sci-fi shooter for iPhone and iPad, namely “gas cloud mining” and “hacking”. In our fourth Developer Diary for Galaxy on Fire 2™ – Supernova, we will now tell you more about those new mini-games and also show you another exclusive in-game screenshot!
The first and most challenging test of your light-fingeredness, which we’re going to tell you about, is the so-called “gas cloud mining”. In Supernova, ores extracted from asteroids will no longer be the only valuable substances that the players have to gather, but they will also have to collect several extremely rare gases, which are pretty hard to get hold of. In order to detect them, special gas cloud scanners have to be installed and in order collect them, the clouds that contain them have to be vaporized with ionization missiles. This process sets free the pure essence of the clouds, the so-called gas plasma, which can be collected with special devices known as plasma collectors. Those collectors are mounted on the players’ ships like turrets and will suck the plasma in like vacuum cleaners. However, since the plasma evaporates after a short amount of time, the players have to hurry up in order to collect it before it is gone. This time pressure makes the whole affair particularly tricky, because it requires equal amounts of skillfulness and swiftness from the player.
The second new mini-game we’re going to introduce to you is “hacking”. In Supernova you’ll be able to land your vessel on some of the space stations or freighters. However, before you can dock to them, you’ll sometimes have to hack your way into their security systems and deactivate their safety arrangements. In order to do so, you gotta rack your brains a bit and succeed in a little puzzle game. Only if you bring the individual patterns into the right order, you’re granted access to the ship or station you’re about enter. Good luck and don’t forget to hurry up… your enemies surely won’t wait until you’ve figured out the code and hence a whole bunch of angry space scoundrels might be hard at your heels with all guns blazing!
Well, fellow plasma collectors and hackers, we hope you’ve enjoyed this Dev Diary! As always, we’re really looking forward to read any kind of feedback or suggestions you might have. So keep your comments coming!