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Sponsored Game Review: GlideFire

September 2, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: GlideFire is an endless runner game for Android that works in arcade style combat into the mix. Set in the year 2221, when artificial intelligence have stopped responding to the Earth government, retired ace pilots are called in to clean up the mess, this elite group was dubbed the Arbiters and are the Earth Alliance’s best defense against the rogue ArmaDron Corporation that’s milatiarizing domestic sectors. As a game, GlideFire features quality 3D graphics, a good variety of different vehicles to pilot along with other upgrades you can apply to your vessel. More than just an endless runner game that will remind gamers of Wipeout, GlideFire is a good-looking 3D game that mobile gamers could really take to. So, let’s take a closer look then.

How it Works: To hit the road with GlideFire, you’ll first need to download the game from the Play Store. Once you have the game installed, you’re treated to a cool intro of sorts that helps set the scene.

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You’re then given some tips on just how to play the game.

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Right from the get-go, it’s clear to see that the graphics here are really quite good and that GlideFire has a high frame rate. While this tutorial did go on for a little longer than I’d have liked, it does adequately fill you in.

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Once you’ve gone through the tutorial, you’ll be at the base menu, where you can change all sorts of things, like upgrade to a new glider, improve your current one and more.

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For me, the selection of gliders on offer is easily one of the coolest things about GlideFire, and it shows the effort gone into the game as well. Things start off fairly slowly in GlidreFire, but as you build up pace, things start to get trickier and trickier. Unlike other endless runners, you have a shield so it’s not a one-hit-and-your-done sort of game either.

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At the end of each level, you’re given a look at how you’ve done as well as some points to help you upgrade your weapons and gliders.

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The more you play, the more insane action you’ll be able to enjoy, like this:

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Opinion: I’ve always had a soft spot for endless runners, with Subway Surfers being one of my favorite games, however that’s pretty samey and there’s not much going on aside from the 2 or 3 different mechanics you need to master when playing it. With GlideFire featuring much better graphics than a lot of other games out there, there’s so much going on that it can be difficult to take it all in. Of course, GlideFire isn’t really an endless runner in the typical sense, there’s a storyline, a genuine progression from one thing to the next and of course there’s the great variety of different vehicles as well. It’s a great game if you’re looking for that sort of gameplay, but with a lot more substance. What GlideFire does, in my opinion, is blend a whole lot of different genres together to create one of the best endless runner-type of games I’ve played in a log time.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Even with all that 3D goodness going on, GlideFire still ran smooth and quickly when I was giving it a testing.
  • Features (5/5) – With customization options galore, lots of mechanics to get your head around and some tricky combat, there’s a whole lot on offer with GlideFire and more features are often being worked on.
  • Theme (4/5) – GlideFire features some excellent 3D graphics and everything looks good on high-resolution displays, too. However, I did feel that at times there might be too much going on at any one time.
  • Overall (4.5/5) – With a whole host of different game mechanics at work, GlideFire features fast-paced gameplay and good-looking 3D graphics, it’s a lot of fun and offers fans of endless runners a whole lot more meat to sink their teeth into.

Pros

  • GlideFire blends a story-focused game with the mechanics of an endless runner to deliver a fast-paced, action-filled feel.
  • Great 3D graphics help show off the game’s attention to detail, with lights, explosions and a fast frame rate.
  • Lots of different gliders to try out to make the game feel different and further challenge your reactions.
  • Great for those looking for more substance in an arcade style game.

Cons

  • Can be a little overwhelming at first, but the tutorials do an okay job of introducing new players.
  • Sometimes there’s a little too much going on onscreen to process what to do next.

Conclusion: Glidefire is a really cool sci-fi game that has a pretty interesting story to it and it features some excellent 3D graphics that really help sell the whole story and setting. It’s got endless runner mechanics to it as well as arcade combat that will keep players on their toes. With a good selection of upgrades and new gliders, GlideFire feels more like a full console game than it does a simple download from an app store. A great game for those looking for something more in a casual game, GlideFire offers a full experience that’s great to look at and addictive to play.

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