Each level begins with witnessing the BIG BANG of 14 Billion years ago.
Right after the BIG BANG, you will see a number of Galaxies spread across space. They are numbered starting with the number one. You will have only a short time to study the locations of the numbered galaxies before they will become hidden.
When your Star Scope appears, you will have a certain amount of time to hunt for the galaxies to energize them. Galaxies must be energized in numeric order.
You move the star scope by touching inside it and dragging it around space. Sometimes you may lose hold of the star scope. If that happens, you need to touch inside it again and start dragging again.
If your device supports it, there is an option to use a TILT action to move the star scope through space. This option makes the game a bit more challenging and tougher to avoid hitting galaxies that are already energized. However, it's another way to play the game and a lot of fun.
If you pass over a galaxy out of order, it will glow and show its number, but only for a second. This can be helpful if you can remember the location of the number.
If you hit a galaxy that has already been energized, your star scope will be captured and the galaxy will blow up and send your star scope to another location in space. Each time an energized galaxy is hit, it will lose half of its energy until it has no energy left and becomes a dud. It will still have just enough energy to capture your star scope and blow it to another location in space.
When a galaxy is energized, the star scope will also become energized for a short time. If you hunt to the next galaxy while the star scope is energized, you will get bonus points. The more galaxies you can energize in a row while the star scope is energized, the more bonus points you will receive.
For every 7 galaxies that exist after a BIG BANG, a satellite will appear. If a satellite is hit with the star scope, the satellite will immediately jump to the next galaxy to be energized and energize it. This can be handy when running out of time, or when you just can't find the next galaxy.
If you are having trouble finding the location of galaxies, you can use the peek button in the bottom control bar. The peek button only shows up if you have enough points to spend for a peek.
Peeks cost 20 points times the level you are playing. So at level 2, peeking will cost 40 points.
Peeking will pause the timer (and freeze the star scope) for a short time while showing the outlines of the remaining galaxies. However, the numbers will not show.
After all galaxies are energized, a Black Hole will appear. You need to bring the star scope to the Black Hole before the time runs out. If you make it, then all the galaxies and satellites are sucked into the Black Hole and you finish the level.
You get 10 points for each galaxy that you energize.
Each fully energized galaxy is worth an extra 10 points at the end of the level. Galaxies that lost energy from getting hit with the star scope will have fewer points. Half energized galaxies are worth 5 points and galaxies without any energy are worth zero points.
Remaining satellites are worth 50 points.
You also get bonus points for the remaining time after completing each level at the rate of 100 points per second (in 1/4 second intervals).
The time remaining is displayed as a shrinking bar across the bottom of the view of space. It will change from green to orange when the time is half used up. It will change from orange to red when there is only 1/4 of the time remaining.
After all bonus points are calculated and applied to your score, the universe will collapse and in a couple seconds you will witness another BIG BANG.
Each BIG BANG creates one more galaxy than the previous BIG BANG. This give you more and more galaxies to find.
Yellow Zap Zones grow from the bottom of each side of the space field. Should you hit them, your star scope will be zapped and sent to another random location in space. The Zap Zone will show up in the second level and grow longer on each level thereafter.
If the time runs out before you can energize all the galaxies and get your star scope to the Black Hole, the game is over.
If your score makes the top 10 high scores (and is higher than the lowest high score), you will be presented with the high score list and an initials picker. You can choose 3 characters to use for your initials. Available characters are A to Z, a dash, a period and plus sign. Spin to the initials of your choice and tap the save button in the bottom control bar.
You can pause the game and go back to the game menu at any time (other than during the BIG BANG). You can start a New Game, Resume the current game, view the High Scores, change Options or choose to purchase the Ad-Free feature.
Game sound can be turned on or off.
You can choose to move the Star Scope through space by either Touching the Star Scope and dragging, or by Tilting your device (if available).
In Tilt mode, the Star Scope will move in the direction the device is tilted (toward the ground). When in Tilt mode, be sure to position your device flat before the BIG BANG finishes since your Star Scope will start moving immediately after the time given to study the galaxy locations.
You can go Ad-Free with this game by tapping the Ad-Free button and purchasing Ad-Free for just 99 cents. Once purchased, ads will no longer show up.
If you delete the Star Hunter app from your device and reinstall it, you will be able to restore your purchase using the same Ad-Free button and choosing restore purchase.