The Xenophis, a Vulcan exploratory vessel, has incidentally found the mythical sector of Firia where the planets, only reachable through warp tunnels, are told to be made of staggering ice and liquid fire. As a precautionary act, the Xenophis crew are attempting to launch interstellar probes, significantly altered to exist within the Firia atmosphere, in order to learn more of this magnificent piece of the galaxy.

However, evidence shows that the former inhabitants do not like outsiders.

You are the probe, and your mission is to maneuver your way to the other end of the warp tunnel. You are equipped with two shields, one to protect you from icy drones, and another from fiery ones. However, only one shield can be active at a time.

Warning: mental stability may deteriorate.


In theory, playing the game is very simple: when a drone is approaching you, you must activate the correct shield before it hits you. Failing to do that, you will lose a percentage of your shield's stability. Primarily, there are two kinds of drones you will face:

  1. Chasing drones: you can not escape these and must switch shield in time to collide
  2. Duette drones: a pair of drones, one of fire and one of ice. You must move and collide with one of them, while regarding, of course, your shield.

There are 4 game modes each zone could be in, each mode has different objectives, suggested difficulty, and possibly a way of playing. Briefly:

  1. Arcade: this is the "normal" mode; your objective is to reach the last portal with your shields intact
  2. Survival: virtually, you can't beat this mode, every time you enter a portal, the game will get harder and you can see how long you will last!
  3. Dodgy: only one of your shields is active and flipping is not possible, you will be faced with Duette drones and you must dodge to stay alive and reach the last portal
  4. Nervebreak: the rules of the game change; the drones have adapted to your shields and you must collide with every drone using the opposite shield. In other words, face fire drones with your ice shield, and ice drones with your fire shield

At the time of the release, there are 6 zones to choose from. Once you engage a zone, you will be briefed with your objective and how to play. Good luck!

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5 comments by Henley on Aug 15th, 2011

You are the probe, and your mission is to maneuver your way to the other end of the warp tunnel. You are equipped with two shields, one to protect you from icy drones, and another from fiery ones. However, only one shield can be active at a time.WARNING: Be quick; your nerves will be tested.


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coolguy43 Aug 16 2011 says:

cool its nice omg my high score 1455 i bet sombody caan bit it

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icewalker221 Aug 16 2011 says:

mine won't launch.

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Meow_Meow_ Jul 5 2011 says:

looks good, i downloading

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Very hard at first, but after some time becomes quite enjoyable. Difficult to master in any case.

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