At the time of writing this, I have played through all but the very end of the 2nd chapter of the game's story. More on that later.
If all of the following conditions are true, you will have a great time with this game:
1. You have enjoyed Space Combat Sims such as X-Wing, Tachyon or Wing Commander
2. You have an X-Box controller
3. You do NOT have a flight stick
4. You grab it while the price is discounted
5. You do not mind that it uses 3rd party DRM "Reality Pump"
If you have a flight stick you will face-palm at the missed opportunity and this will probably erode your fun factor of the game.
The game's control set up is optimized for a 360 controller, or any controller that is XInput-compatible such as the Logitech F310. Many features are logically crammed into the little controller. No keyboard use required. It feels like this game was designed from the ground up to give some arcadey space-combat fun to gamers who do not have a flight stick. Marksman-like accuracy is not required. If the target is "close enough" to your crosshairs, you will hit it. No sweat. The emphasis leans more towards management of your shields, weapon energy and missiles. -as well as making sure you are at the right place at the right time. When you are up against larger capital ships and targeting their various sub-systems, feel free to wail on them with your missiles. Don't worry, when you run dry one of your allies will thoughtfully drop a box of missiles for you to pick up. Did I mention arcadey fun?
The game has a 2D map of the zone of space you will play in. Pick a location then warp to it. This reminded me of Star Raiders on the Atari 8-bit computers. Whoops.. Just dated myself.
The game is based on the movie "Iron Sky." It is about Nazis from the moon who invade Earth. I did not see it, but I would like to. And yes, it is as tongue-in-cheek as it sounds. The game has "FMV cutscenes" (remember them?). The production values are small and the quality of acting varies. Fortunately, the voice of the main character you control is well-acted and likeable. The quips he makes when taking out a baddie will never make you cringe. The graphics are quite good for a lower-budget title. The outer-space skybox is very pretty. I don't expect to see much variety in the environment as this is about nazis from the MOON who invade EARTH.. Not too much variety of scenery between these two locations. I wouldn't expect the game to venture too far from this area either.
I don't know if I will continue the game any time soon. Why did I stop playing it? Two reasons:
1. At the very end of the 2nd chapter I hit a game-breaking bug. Reading in the forums I found that other people have experienced this same glitch. Sometimes playing the entire 2nd chapter again from the start resolves the issue.
2. I got myself a new flight stick and this game doesn't support it. Makes it difficult to muster the will to play this right now when I could be bringing hot plasma death to my digital enemies in other space combat games that rightfully DO support flight sticks.
Having said that, I still recommend the game for everyone who meets all of the conditions stated at the start of this review. You'll have a great time and if the game glitches out remember; you only spent a couple of bucks on it! :)
EDIT: I read somewhere there is a thing called "x360ce vibmod 18.104.22.168" that lets you remap your flight stick axis values to XBox 360 axis. So that might be a redeemer for ya.