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Weekly Time Waster - ‘Ailment’

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Science-Fiction is my favorite genre, and one of the greatest aspects of that genre, is the pop-culture entertainment media from that genre is limitless. My favorite game derived out of the genre as of late, is a mobile game called “Ailment.”

“Ailment” is a rogue-like shooter with a plot similar to that of the movie “Pandorum.” In “Ailment,” you play as the main character Jonathan, who is a crew member of the space transport Frontier-16. Frontier-16 has 67 robots and 975 other crew members on board. As the transport makes its way to its mission destination, an unexplained event happens. Three days later, your character wakes up, with no recollection of what happened. The only thing you know is that the crew has turned on you for some reason and you end up in a fight for your life onboard the ship. As you progress through the gloomy red-lit corridors and floors of your ship, the answers to what happened start to become clear.

The game has a great story and the pixel-art style gives it a gorgeous aesthetic. There are tons of weapons to use as you progress, such as plasma rifles, rail guns and just about anything else you can think of from a science-fiction movie. Your character Jonathan also has a lot of personality, as he is always talking to you as the player, making small quips and one-liners during the heat of battle. There are also friendly characters you meet along the way.

With fun gameplay, very atmospheric visuals and sounds, and a deep story to uncover, “Ailment” is the time-waster you need on your phone. “Ailment” is free to download on the Android and IOS stores!

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