Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD is one of my favourite games on Mac. Not only for its breadth, free-roam universe and stunning visuals, but also because the game originated on the iPhone, and credit is certainly due for the excellent work than has gone into this wonderful masterpiece. Valkyrie represents the game’s first add-on, and comes in the form of an in-app purchase costing $9.99/£6.99.
Valkyrie Add-On Features and Gameplay
Valkyrie once again follows Keith T. Maxwell just after the events of the first campaign. After making a name for himself as one of the best space pilots around, Keith is offered a lucrative deal with a new client. The story is certainly not anything special, but on par with what’s previously been set. The missions themselves are different enough from the old campaign to warrant the play through. You’ll get the chance to test run some new arsenal, sneak into a Vossk space station and take down a pirate outpost. Whilst it’s not lightyears away from what is experienced in the main story, the inclusion of some new characters and interesting missions means you won’t be experiencing déjà vu.
The difficulty has definitely been ramped up, with missions requiring you to lick your wounds and invest in a better ship and equipment before reattempting. But with higher difficulty comes higher rewards. A particular client is willing to pay up to 200,000$ for your work, and freelance missions may net you an easy 50,000$ a pop.
But it’s not just the story that’s been revamped. When you go into any Hanger, likelihood is there will be 3 or 4 new items to buy. These range from just better versions of standard equipment to new goodies like automatic turrets and a shield that slows down time. Despite the inclusion of a few neat items, you won’t be blown away by the added selection and its range.
On top of the Valkyrie add-on is the Kaamo Club, which is an extra in-app purchase running you $1.99/£1.49. The Kaamo Club is a space station (which you access after a challenging dog fight with some persistent pirates) which will allow you to store ships and equipment. But as costs of high-end ships are so much, i can’t really see myself investing enough credits to make the station worthwhile. If you are really keen to own more than one ship, but don’t want to spend real money to unlock the Kaamo Club, it is unlockable for free through the game. You need 50 tonnes of Buskat (the rarest commodity in the game) and 30,000,000$. Once you have these, the keys to Kaamo Club are handed to you. However, the hours and hours of repetitive grinding it would take to make the money and acquire this extremely rare commodity seems too much for what you get, making the relatively small asking price of $1.99/£1.49 much more attractive.
The Valkyrie story is only going to last you 3 – 5 hours, but the added optional content like new ships, equipment and star systems means avid Galaxy on Fire fans will be sucked back into the awe-inspiring universe once more. However, if you weren’t sold on the game first time round then Valkyrie certainly won’t convince you to return to the series.
Price: $9.99/£6.99 (full game $19.99)
Genre: Space Exploration Trading Game
Pros: Decent story, more equipment and ships, same stunning graphics.
Cons: Limited in expansion, nothing spectacularly different.