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Game Maker Games - lockOn
Review by tapeworm
lockOn is an abstract fast-action space melee game. It resembles arcade classics like Asteroids and Robotron 2084, but at the same time comes across as fresh and modern. With excellent presentation and compelling gameplay, this is one you don't want to miss.

The ship you control in lockOn has several weapons. Press F to lock your target on the nearest enemy, and press G to fire a missile at the targeted enemy. These missiles become more powerful as you collect the flashing powerups between levels. H launches a torpedo straight in the direction you are facing, and its speed depends on your speed. Space releases a blast that clears enemies around you but also reduces the power of your missiles by one level.

Simple shapes and colors, flashy particle effects, and commercial-quality ambient sounds combine to create a strong atmosphere that adds significantly to the experience. Incidentally, this is one of those games that really can't be represented well with a screenshot. You have to see (and hear) it in action.

I personally have played lockOn more than any other Game Maker creation to date. The simple unique style and captivating nature make it, I think, an essential part of anyone’s Game Maker game collection. Its polish gives it an audience beyond the Game Maker community, as evidenced by its inclusion at Home of the Underdogs. Finally, if you like lockOn, be sure to try Wacheski's other Iteration Games titles--you won't be disappointed.

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Opinions about lockOn

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engaging
100%
artistic
100%
original
100%
strange
50%
challenging
100%
polished
100%
compelling
100%

Overall: recommended

Showing: GMG Staff (2) · GMG Users (1)

engaging
100%
artistic
100%
original
100%
strange
100%
challenging
100%
polished
100%
compelling
100%

Overall: recommended

Recommendations: The 53 people who like lockOn also like the following games.
Comments (Add your own):
2005.06.28 spaceoff
Rating: 9

Wow this game is very clever and amazing.

Sound:
9/10.
The sound of the voice fits perfectly and is perfect quality but is a bit irritating.

Graphics:
11/10!.
Amaxingly Detailed in every way... it may not be ps3 graphixs an it may not be ps1 either but this is so deatailed in graphics.

Gameplay:
10/10.
It deserves this for a very addictive shootout.

Educational:
1/10.
Learn how to control. this game isnt education so this dosen't effect my overall rating.

Lasting time:
5/10.
Im sorry but i saya the game only lasts about an hour or 2. Good old average time though

Overall:
2005.06.16 brainfade
Rating: 7

good ideas, sound, particle effects, but i often lost sight of where i was, and the graphics aren't the best. huge achievement though, with the fx and sfx but just not for me.
2005.05.13 superaj127
Rating: 9

Nice job, this game is very addictive! Much better than what I could make.
2005.04.16 toyyoda2
Rating: 8

i liked it but... i also kind of thought it was weird. but it's still good and the graphics are very very good.
2005.03.30 jonisace321
Rating: 9

Its a decent game lol better then anything ive ever made
2005.03.24 BorisE
Rating: 9

I didn't 'Get' this at first because I couldn't see the point of a shooter where you could keep using homing missiles, but I tried it again and it's really good!!
2004.11.29 LKCS
Rating: 10

Extremly Great, this guy has a lot of imagination.
I loved this game I can wait to play it again, graphics are exelent, sound, gameplay, everything is just awsome! Congratulations for this great game.
2004.11.29 ntn052k4
Rating: 7

I agree with Glic2000, but do think it is still a pretty goood game.
2004.10.31 Glic2000
Rating: 7

I admit I only tried it briefly, but I really do not understand the appeal of this game. The graphics are tiny and confusing, and the gameply is simplistic and uninteresting. It certainly does have style though. Perhaps everyone else is simply starved for something different, and I'm not.
2004.10.17 RabbidMickeyMouse01
Rating: 9

- Very adicting game. With all he sounds and colors, even losing the game is cool. I would would put this game as one of my favorite GM games.
2004.10.04 snailboy
Rating: 10

very nice.

oh wait, 30 characters...gotta think of some filler........oh yeah heres something..this game is awesome.
2004.09.22 Seal
Rating: 8

Very fun! Graphics and effects rock!
2004.09.15 AndrewFM
Rating: 8

Interesting Game

Heres what I thought:

Graphics: 9.5/10

Wonderful particle effects, animations, ect. It was great

Gameplay: 9.0/10

Smooth, Hard, Addictive, what more do you want!

Replay Value: 6.5/10

Who wouldn't want to come back for more???

SFX & Music: 8.0/10

Interesting, very interesting. Kindof freaked me out, and at the same time reminded me of sublimatal messaging. Cool.

Overall: 8.0/10

Not my favorite, but I like it :)
2004.08.08 pug fugly
Rating: --

What an excellent game.

So stylish! The presentation is superb and the graphics are so classy.

One of the best free games I've ever played. Highly recommended.
2004.02.28 Mocha Man
Rating: --

Probably my favorite game maker game to date.
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