531394_4jpgI generally don’t like tap-to-shoot games because I've found little satisfaction in the ones I’ve tried... until I came across WWII Alone [App Store]. This crazy and addicting game caught me by surprise in terms of the fun and downright entertaining gameplay, and those that aspire to develop future tap-to-shoot games should look at WWII Alone and how its structured.

Set in WWII, you’re a lone soldier that must battle through six missions filled with a barrage of enemy troops and attack vehicles with three boss battles mixed in. The objective of the game is to clear the missions and earn money to upgrade weapons with WWII Alone’s perk system. Visually, the devs have created an effective layout that allows the player to take full advantage of the chaos that occurs in the game.

Available perks (or upgrades) include additional grenades, life, machine gun and rifle damage, and shooting distance. The game keeps a running tally of the money earned even in failed missions so you will gradually add to your total. Part of the replayability with WWII Alone is that you can go back to previously completed missions and earn additional money there as well as improving your time.

In terms of controls, everything is done by touch, and they are very responsive. Simply tap the target to shoot, and tap along the bottom of the screen to move your soldier left to right. Everything in the screen can be destroyed so buildings, planes and submarines are fair game.

WWII Alone is done well because the devs paid attention to the details. While the game could use additional levels, the graphics are done well, and the perk system offers a good incentive for replayability. The game is entertaining in both short and more engaging gaming sessions, and you’ll find it offers really does offer addictive gameplay. It’s definitely one that I hope rises above the noise of the iTunes store.

App Store Link: WWII Alone, $0.99

This review was written by Big Albie, a guest contributor at TouchArcade. Big Albie is a regular on our forums who provides the community his first impressions on many of the new games being released in the App Store. Slightly more in-depth notes on this game can be found here.

TouchArcade Rating

  • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

    Hey Albie it's terrific to see your talent being recognized. I'm looking foward to seeing more reviews!

  • Liam(aka The Game Reaper)

    Hey Albie it's terrific to see your talent being recognized. I'm looking foward to seeing more reviews!

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    It's cabal!! awesome!

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    It's cabal!! awesome!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Welcome on the main page, Albie :) You earned it.
    Topic: The video shows that the game is way too hectic for me.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Welcome on the main page, Albie :) You earned it.
    Topic: The video shows that the game is way too hectic for me.

  • tosui

    Congrats, Albie! Nice review, too. Think I'm gonna pick this one up :)

  • tosui

    Congrats, Albie! Nice review, too. Think I'm gonna pick this one up :)

  • rich_952000

    Hey, big guy. I'll be picking this up, thanks for the heads up:)

    Anyone interested in the genre should check out Wild West Guns as well, by Gameloft.

  • rich_952000

    Hey, big guy. I'll be picking this up, thanks for the heads up:)

    Anyone interested in the genre should check out Wild West Guns as well, by Gameloft.

  • Herve

    Another good shooting game is iGuerilla.
    You should give a try to that it too.

  • Herve

    Another good shooting game is iGuerilla.
    You should give a try to that it too.

  • Bobby

    Yes, iGuerilla is also a good one.
    Info and screenshots at http://iguerilla.net/

  • Bobby

    Yes, iGuerilla is also a good one.
    Info and screenshots at http://iguerilla.net/

  • arta

    Thank goodness one of the big sites finally took notice.

  • arta

    Thank goodness one of the big sites finally took notice.

  • Seishu

    It's about time this game got recognized :P
    (I wish my name was in there as the one who TOFTT'd)

  • Seishu

    It's about time this game got recognized :P
    (I wish my name was in there as the one who TOFTT'd)

  • skamando

    Congrats to Albie. And, Seishu, you're time will come.

  • skamando

    Congrats to Albie. And, Seishu, you're time will come.

  • albtraum

    Albie I have a bit of constructive criticism - to review something thoroughly you really have to pick it apart, and that means... well, constructive criticism.

    What sucks about this game? What could be better? What should definitely be improved in the next update? What features or qualities do other popular games in this genre have that this lacks? etc.

  • albtraum

    Albie I have a bit of constructive criticism - to review something thoroughly you really have to pick it apart, and that means... well, constructive criticism.

    What sucks about this game? What could be better? What should definitely be improved in the next update? What features or qualities do other popular games in this genre have that this lacks? etc.

  • Sh0k

    Watching the video, this game looks more like that old NeoGeo game, nam '75.

  • Sh0k

    Watching the video, this game looks more like that old NeoGeo game, nam '75.

  • untraceable

    you are blind ! Nam 75 is 100,000 times more better that this piece of shit.

  • untraceable

    you are blind ! Nam 75 is 100,000 times more better that this piece of shit.

  • Constable Odo

    I'm wondering if you can really compare this to a game like Nam '75 that debuted on the Neo Geo dedicated gaming console to a game you can run on a cellphone. 100,000 times better is surely an exaggeration, but the Neo Geo version definitely played better. I doubt if this somewhat similar game for the iPhone is a piece of shit. I just wish there was some constructive comparisons. I'd like to see what the designer of the original game could come up with for the iPhone.

    Sucks and shit are really vague terms for comparison.

  • Constable Odo

    I'm wondering if you can really compare this to a game like Nam '75 that debuted on the Neo Geo dedicated gaming console to a game you can run on a cellphone. 100,000 times better is surely an exaggeration, but the Neo Geo version definitely played better. I doubt if this somewhat similar game for the iPhone is a piece of shit. I just wish there was some constructive comparisons. I'd like to see what the designer of the original game could come up with for the iPhone.

    Sucks and shit are really vague terms for comparison.