Sector Strike doesn’t bother you with any kind of story, so you’re not out to save some lone planet or hold back hordes and hordes of alien invaders. Nope, all you need to know is that enemy drones are coming for you and it’s either you or them. Sector Strike isn’t a very difficult game to pick up and it does do one thing correct for a portable game in that it keeps the levels short and sweet. You won’t find any kind of marathon levels to go through here, only to be intimately disappointed when you’re interrupted during a hot and heavy session of avoiding bullet hell. Not that you won’t find bullet hell here, oh you will.
As with many of the other hard core shmups of days gone by, Sector Strike is a “one and done” deal, you’ll not find any wimpy health bar around these parts. The collision detection is a little on the picky side, and coupled with the fact that my hand and thumb make for a much better wall than they do a window...well, lets just say there have been some moments of frustration. As you take on the enemy drones you will find that the mobs leave behind energy balls, weapon upgrades and energy cubes. The energy balls can be used to purchase weapon system upgrades from the store in between levels, while the weapon upgrade cannisters are used to equip those upgrades during the level. The first cannister you pick up will give you torpedoes, the next will be a phaser, then a rotating drone. The more you’ve been able to invest in upgrading those systems, then the more damage they’ll do individually. So long as you have at least one weapon upgraded, then when you do get hit you won’t die - you’ll just have to start back from square one.
Sector Strike does have a nice futuristic look to it and the graphics, while repetitive at times (which is unavoidable in this genre), do look really good. They are very reminiscent of Viewpoint on the old Neo Geo, though only in the polygonal style and not in the isometric look necessarily. The in game music isn’t bad either, and I found that I really grew to love the fact that the screen has a nice shock to go along with the destruction of each enemy.
Sector Strike is available for free on the Google Play Store