The Code Monkeys Ltd is a very long running game developer who has been around since 1988. Their extensive gaming library includes a number titles ranging from the Nintendo DS and PSP and reaching back into the PS2, Gameboy, Atari ST and even the Sinclair Timex. And now they've just released their first entry into the Apple iPhone with Triple Shot Sports [App Store]. The $2.99 game follows the style of their recent athletic titles. In this case, the focus is on shooting events. Specifically, the game offers archery, pistol shooting and free rifle.

The timing of their game release, however, may be a bit unfortunate with the release of a number of other "shooting" games. To their credit, they did not use the iPhone's tilt mechanism as the targeting. Instead a virtual joypad is used to take aim with your thumb at the target. This gameplay video shows the level of polish of the title. Note that while the video is without sound, the full game does have full sound effects, stadium music and audience sounds.

While the game's production quality is amongst the best we've seen on the iPhone, the actual gameplay is a quite simplistic (touch, aim, release) and repetitive. The game is also limited to the three shooting events which play rather similarly. As a result, we can't recommend this title unless you happen to be a huge fan of competitive shooting.

Still, we appreciate The Code Monkey's entry into the iPhone market and the quality of the production gives us hope for more traditional sporting titles in the future.

App Store Link: Triple Shot Sports, $2.99

  • SalsaMD

    eh, not excited by this, but I wish someone would make a compelling 3D multi-sport olympic title. For example:

    This could be done as follows:

    Summer Games

    1. 50-400m dash: Player simply carries out a running maneuver with his/her finger tips on the screen. The faster and more coordinated the gestures, the faster the athlete moves.

    2. hurdles: as above with a flick to have the athlete jump over the hurdles. Here it would be important to coordinate the running and flicking to optimize time and hurdle execution, particularly in the 110 m hurdles.

    3. Discus throw: One could draw a circular motion on the screen to wind up the throw, where the progressive velocity of ones stroke and the timing of the final flick determine where/how far the discus travels.

    etc,

    Winter Games.

    1. Speed skating could be accomplished with forward strokes of 2 fingers controlling the stride speed and length of the skater, using repeated strokes with one of the two fingers to control turns around the bends.

    etc,

  • SalsaMD

    eh, not excited by this, but I wish someone would make a compelling 3D multi-sport olympic title. For example:

    This could be done as follows:

    Summer Games

    1. 50-400m dash: Player simply carries out a running maneuver with his/her finger tips on the screen. The faster and more coordinated the gestures, the faster the athlete moves.

    2. hurdles: as above with a flick to have the athlete jump over the hurdles. Here it would be important to coordinate the running and flicking to optimize time and hurdle execution, particularly in the 110 m hurdles.

    3. Discus throw: One could draw a circular motion on the screen to wind up the throw, where the progressive velocity of ones stroke and the timing of the final flick determine where/how far the discus travels.

    etc,

    Winter Games.

    1. Speed skating could be accomplished with forward strokes of 2 fingers controlling the stride speed and length of the skater, using repeated strokes with one of the two fingers to control turns around the bends.

    etc,

  • CrocStock

    Their library of appalling games should say a lot about them XD

  • CrocStock

    Their library of appalling games should say a lot about them XD

  • Triple Beam Dream

    @ salsamd

    I had similar hopes that something like that would eventually come out. If not that then maybe a track & field title. 

  • http://TouchArcade Triple Beam Dream

    @ salsamd

    I had similar hopes that something like that would eventually come out. If not that then maybe a track & field title. 

  • joni

    nice

  • joni

    nice

  • Monsoon

    Just looked at their library after crockStocks comment.

    Man they did some of the classic games I grew up on:

    The Games Winter Olympics, The Games Summer Olympics
    Turrican, Centipede

    Oh The memories :)
    BTW I donloaded Triple Shot Sports and loved it, what you guys expecting for $2.99 FIFA?

  • Monsoon

    Just looked at their library after crockStocks comment.

    Man they did some of the classic games I grew up on:

    The Games Winter Olympics, The Games Summer Olympics
    Turrican, Centipede

    Oh The memories :)
    BTW I donloaded Triple Shot Sports and loved it, what you guys expecting for $2.99 FIFA?

  • john renalds

    hey guys cool game

  • john renalds

    hey guys cool game

  • Eric5h5

    Turrican is from Factor 5, and Centipede is of course Atari. Code Monkeys just did ports, which don't really count (or at least not as much).

  • Eric5h5

    Turrican is from Factor 5, and Centipede is of course Atari. Code Monkeys just did ports, which don't really count (or at least not as much).

  • Loco

    Nice app, just downloaded it,

    I played their Genesis version of Turrican it rocked...
    Mean Streets was pretty cool Amiga game from them, Gez they must be a zillion years old :)

  • Loco

    Nice app, just downloaded it,

    I played their Genesis version of Turrican it rocked...
    Mean Streets was pretty cool Amiga game from them, Gez they must be a zillion years old :)

  • Villager

    Just downloaded the lite version of Triple Shot Sports loved it, will definately get the full version.

    My Kids loved their Goofy's Fun House on PS1 when they where much smaller, quality game.

  • Villager

    Just downloaded the lite version of Triple Shot Sports loved it, will definately get the full version.

    My Kids loved their Goofy's Fun House on PS1 when they where much smaller, quality game.

  • Malevolent

    I just bought the app after reading this review and the appletell review. Must say it lives upto the hype, very cool app.

    I played their Shreks treasure hunt (ok) and Simpsons Skateboarding (sucked).. My bud has Castlevania on his N95 which was way way cool.

    These guys have been around since Commodore 64 8bit times, does anyone no if the TV cartoon series "code monkeys" was based on them?
    That would be bizzare, do you think the developers in real life look like pixelated 8bit graphics LOL....

  • Malevolent

    I just bought the app after reading this review and the appletell review. Must say it lives upto the hype, very cool app.

    I played their Shreks treasure hunt (ok) and Simpsons Skateboarding (sucked).. My bud has Castlevania on his N95 which was way way cool.

    These guys have been around since Commodore 64 8bit times, does anyone no if the TV cartoon series "code monkeys" was based on them?
    That would be bizzare, do you think the developers in real life look like pixelated 8bit graphics LOL....