'Unexciting' 3DS game Liberation Maiden gets a new lease of life on iPhone and iPad
By Mark Brown 06 March 2013
Game Name: Liberation Maiden | Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture | Publisher: Level-5 | Format: iPhone, iPad | Genre: Action, Adventure, Shooter
At midnight tonight, Level-5 will launch its anime-style shmup Liberation Maiden on the App Store.
This inbound iPhone and iPad game was originally developed by No More Heroes and Killer7 auteur Goichi Suda as part of the Guild01 compilation for 3DS.
And it's suitably nutty.
You see, Liberation Maiden takes place 100 years in the future, where the teenage President of Japan personally defends her nation from attack in a rocket-powered robot suit.
Flower, Sun, and Pain
It's all about wiping out waves upon waves of baddies, using lock-on lasers and evasive manoeuvres. There are also enormous screen-filling boss bots, called Conduit Spikes.
This iOS port features customisable controls, Retina display-optimised graphics, and Game Center challenges for iOS 6 users. You'll need at least an iPad 2, fourth-gen iPod touch, or iPhone 4 to play it, mind.
Shadows of the Dumb
As good as all that sounds, we were left somewhat disappointed by the 3DS version of the game.
Our resident Suda superfan Peter dubbed it "hard to play, unexciting, and a little soulless". He concluded his review by stating that "this is undoubtedly Suda 51's worst output to date".
If that doesn't put you off, Liberation Maiden will hit European and North America App Stores at midnight tonight. It will cost ya £2.99 / $4.99.