The Terminator titleBig Head Games, who brought us International Snooker and cave-flyer Retro, in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics, has just released survival shooter The Terminator [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic dystopian future thriller Terminator.

You play a young Kyle Reese sent on a mission that will unravel a sequence of events which will pave the way to finding and saving John Connor, the only hope for Mankind in its desperate struggle against the machine intelligence, SkyNet.

The game features two play modes.  Quick Play challenges you to use the weapons at your disposal (pistols, assault rifles, Gatling guns, bazookas, etc.) to destroy as many terminators as possible.  Story Mode places you in the first episode of a back-story that leads up to where the movie takes over, with a series of specific missions to complete on the game's wasteland battlefield.

The Terminator screenReaders were excited by The Terminator at first glance, as it appears, on the surface, to be quite similar to the highly popular survival shooter iDracula [App Store].  But, having spent some time with the game, I can say that Big Head's movie-themed release really doesn't hold a candle to Chillingo's Transylvanian shooter.

The main problem is that the game is far too easy.  By default, the player controls character movement with an onscreen left thumb stick and auto aiming is engaged and activated with a press to the right thumb button.  Disabling the auto aiming feature, which presents a right thumb stick for aiming, hardly increases the game's difficulty.  It's simply too easy to blast through the light waves of advancing enemies and complete the included five missions.  Readers echoed this sentiment in our forums.  And, while there appears to be a future installment is on the way, that doesn't excuse the initial release of its shallow gameplay.

For even the most dedicated Terminator fans, we'd have to recommend a pass on The Terminator. The developer has posted a gameplay video if you'd like to see it for yourself.

App Store Link: The Terminator, $0.99 (introductory price)

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  • Sn7ke

    You could already tell from the screenshot of the menu (that was an exact copy of the other terminator game) that the developers didnt really care for this game...
    But hey, its says "Terminator" and with the current movie this is quick money making. I wouldnt be suprised if Wobble: Terminator edition, Terminator: Ultimate Pinball and Termo-tower-defense hits the stores soon.

  • Sn7ke

    You could already tell from the screenshot of the menu (that was an exact copy of the other terminator game) that the developers didnt really care for this game...
    But hey, its says "Terminator" and with the current movie this is quick money making. I wouldnt be suprised if Wobble: Terminator edition, Terminator: Ultimate Pinball and Termo-tower-defense hits the stores soon.

  • USAtoday

    What did you expect for 59p? Looks great, try the game without auto aim and on Pro difficulty it's more of a challenge, hoping that part two when the game is updated is harder but not dissapointed so far, quick game is allot of fun, would be great if that was made multiplayer - developers are you listening? Please add multiplayer and online high score then quick game would make it worthwhile on it's own.

    • bobby

      "What did you expect for 59p?"
      Obviously not a waste of money. Also, you might want to look around and see some of the amazing apps available for free and for $.99.

  • USAtoday

    What did you expect for 59p? Looks great, try the game without auto aim and on Pro difficulty it's more of a challenge, hoping that part two when the game is updated is harder but not dissapointed so far, quick game is allot of fun, would be great if that was made multiplayer - developers are you listening? Please add multiplayer and online high score then quick game would make it worthwhile on it's own.

    • bobby

      "What did you expect for 59p?"
      Obviously not a waste of money. Also, you might want to look around and see some of the amazing apps available for free and for $.99.

  • Nico

    Maybe I'll try it with the update. Too bad, they f*cked it up :(

  • Nico

    Maybe I'll try it with the update. Too bad, they f*cked it up :(

  • thebleeptruth

    LOL! I knew it was gonna be a lame game. And whoever was excited about the game EVEN after watching the trailer a couple of days ago has his/her standards set too low. Way too low. This game is nowhere near iDracula, and iDracula wasn't even that addictive and engaging.

    • tom

      Well according to some folks around here who have a backward look at the market, you should just be happy a developer released a new app so you have a new way to give them more of your money. =P

  • thebleeptruth

    LOL! I knew it was gonna be a lame game. And whoever was excited about the game EVEN after watching the trailer a couple of days ago has his/her standards set too low. Way too low. This game is nowhere near iDracula, and iDracula wasn't even that addictive and engaging.

    • tom

      Well according to some folks around here who have a backward look at the market, you should just be happy a developer released a new app so you have a new way to give them more of your money. =P

  • Yagami_Light

    Make sure that you save your ticket stubs when you go to see Terminator Salvation (great movie, BTW. I went to the midnight opening. There was only one plot inconsistency in the movie - much better than the original script).

    Send the stubs in to Warner Brothers, and tell them that you went in support of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. We may actually get a third season!

  • Yagami_Light

    Make sure that you save your ticket stubs when you go to see Terminator Salvation (great movie, BTW. I went to the midnight opening. There was only one plot inconsistency in the movie - much better than the original script).

    Send the stubs in to Warner Brothers, and tell them that you went in support of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. We may actually get a third season!