The new game that has taken the TouchArcade forums by storm this weekend is DinoSmash Online [$0.99].
A few choice quotes from some of our regulars:
"Dang it! my battery just died after playing this for 2.5 straight hours..." - Fletch
"This game is one of the most intense games I've ever played on my iPhone. The speed is incredible and you're on the edge for the whole game." - theone1007
DinoSmash Online is an online-only side-scrolling shooting/fighting game. You are a cute little dino which must use one of 5 different weapons to smash, shoot, and kill your opponents.
The game offers two forms of online play: Deathmatch or Capture the Flag. Each level can support up to 16 players which makes for some crazy action. The game is controlled through the use of an onscreen virtual pad as well as three different buttons: attack, jump and grappling hook. A basic tutorial video demos the controls which work well in practice. What that video does not show is just how crazy and frantic the action can get.
To get an impression of that, check out our Deathmatch video:
The game is playable on both Wi-Fi and 3G, though in my brief testing, the 3G connection was spotty. On Wi-Fi, however, the game played remarkably well, without any lag or stutter. The game offers no off-line mode at all, however, so you'll have to make sure you have a connection before playing.
At only $0.99, the game is hard to criticize too much, as it does what it does quite well. That said, the game only offers a single small map for each gameplay mode, and the gameplay may get too frantic and random for some people's tastes. Still, we hope it's just the start of more to come. We'd love to see more maps and options as the game gets more popular.
Still, if you're look for a fast-paced button mashing fighting game, for just $0.99 you shouldn't pass this one up.
App Store Link: DinoSmash Online, $0.99