Horizons are usually a signifier of hope and a better life, you look to them when you’re in dire straights and they give you the gusto to go on. Imagine a global apocalypse, the likes of which have never been seen, that leaves the Earth totally wrecked and uninhabitable. The next horizon you’ll be looking to will literally be your last – the vast expanses of space that you’ll be forced to enter will stretch out infinitely in front of you like a labyrinthine mind-game taunting you to its end. This is the setting and premise of Last Horizon, the impossibly difficult game by Pixeljam.
Equipped with your neat little rocket ship it’ll be your task to traverse the cold, hard universe in search of habitable planets to terraform with resources that you pick up along the way. The interface is relatively simple but using it certainly isn’t, you’ll have to propel yourself off the shell of Earth and navigate your way through space.
Now I never got the knack of landing but I learned that the ‘Softly, softly, catchee monkey’ approach is harder than it sounds (although I’ve never tried to actually catch a monkey); patience is the key and you’ll have to ease yourself down otherwise face blowing-up and starting again…ouch.
The task isn’t just to float about and try not to die (although that is a big part of it) – you’ll have to gather terraforming resources (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, no one does. Basically stuff you want on a planet like water, plants, animals etc. – think the garden of Eden.) as well as space-faring human survivors for a bit of hanky-panky to repopulate your new world.
Skilful piloting will be essential and balancing the fuel, oxygen and hull integrity are key to survival. If you manage to do this (I couldn’t even manage to land on a planet so if you accomplish this you’re my God and a far better human than me) then you’ll get the chance to explore and harvest to create a beautiful and harmonious new world. But take wisely and only what you need, otherwise face the wrath of some seriously pissed sentient alien life (they’re literally green).
If you’d like to try your hand at this extremely challenging game then you can download it from the App Store for £2.29.