"The game's visuals are, quite simply, awesome. Each planet is highly detailed and every weapon and explosion is a dazzling treat of lighting and particle effects. I would have unequivocally recommended Darkside if it cost any reasonable amount. However, considering you can download it for free, you have no excuse not to check out this most excellent arcade shooter."
"With the use of lighting and particle effects, this is a feast for the eyes. With no barrier to entry, and no in-app purchase design model, it's easy to recommend Darkside to all fans of arcade games and twin-stick shooters."
"This is a fantastic twin-stick shooter, both in its free and paid versions, and if you have any kind of love for the genre then it cannot be resisted. With 100 missions to play through, and indeed missions which are challenging right from the off, Darkside is absolutely ravenous for attention."
"Darkside is a great-looking game, and it's backed up by some pretty entertaining space based violence. The glittering light show of explosions and weapons fire is a sight to behold."
"Darkside is a wonderfully smooth game, with some breath-taking nebula backdrops and barely a drop in the frame-rate, even when the action is at its most frantic. There's an awful lot to love about Darkside: it looks fantastic and it plays brilliantly."
"Darkside is responsive and fluid, even with its high-res graphics and chaos going on at all times. Darkside offers solid graphical appeal as well as a freemium level that feels less obtrusive than most other releases on the market. The touch controls feel great, so aiming with the space on-screen for both sticks never feels like a chore."
"Darkside has a lot of content and three game modes that offer several different ways to play. It's great for a quick dose of asteroid blasting and the mission mode provides a good balance to the game which should keep you coming back for more."
"Get the free arcade mode. Play it for a few minutes. Shove your eyes back into your head. Buy the full game."
"This game is fantastic. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes shoot'em'up games! Download it for free, but I'd bet a dollar that you won't be able to resist paying $0.99 to unlock the full version. It's just that good!"
"A brilliant shoot em up that is surprisingly tactical and full of depth."
"The graphics are beautiful, and the lighting fantastic, on the new iPad this is a gem."
"All in all the game is a little diamond and great eye candy! The unlock price makes this game a steal."
"The gameplay is like things you've played, and yet not really like anything you've played. It's hard to explain, which is frankly a very good thing!"
"The arcade mode is one of the nicest shoot'em'up style games I've played in a while."
"Outstanding game. Beautiful graphics! I gladly paid the IAP to unlock the full game."
"This game offers a true and very enjoyable arcade experience with drop dead eye popping graphics that you'll drool over. Awesome fun!"
"The ship, the landscapes and the enemies have a lot of detail and are very well designed!"