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Namco's Garters & Ghouls made its way into the App Store last night and is the latest twin stick shooter to arrive on the scene. You play as the freshly reanimated Marie Dupois fighting against an evil force known as "Thrum" who has caused the dead to rise under its control. It's your task to close the portals of the underworld that spawn the various zombies, werewolves, and demons that are rampaging across the countryside.

The game plays a lot like iDracula and other similar games, with two virtual joysticks that control your movement and shooting. Along the way you come across different weapons and powerups, and throughout the land are shops run by the "Steam Queens" where you can buy upgrades for your character's health, movement, weapon damage, and other things.

074670_4The main content difference between Garters & Ghouls and similar iPhone games is that the gameplay is structured around 25 distinct and large levels and framed in a slowly revealing storyline.

The task for each level, however, remains the same throughout: you must destroy the enemy-spawing portals strewn across the map. Still, going into a level with a specific number of portals to destroy gave me a greater sense of purpose than other pure survival shooters. There is some very light planning involved in avoiding getting caught in the crossfire between demon-spawing portals, and there are a variety of enemies which do get more difficult as well as a number of weapon upgrades.

The game's difficulty, however, ramps up slowly, so it can feel like you are just grinding your way through the game. And if you listened to our last podcast, you would have heard that Eli Hodapp's issue with the game was the repetitive and lengthy nature of the levels. While I don't believe its any more repetitive than many of the existing survival shooters we've played before, I had also hoped the levels would provide more variety in gameplay.

Meanwhile, a number of other factors keeps the game squarely in the "good, but not great" category. The controls and animations are adequate, though not especially smooth, and the targeting of the enemies and portals requires you hitting just the right spot. This gives the enemies a 2 dimensional feel. The 1.0 version also suffers from some occasional crashes, though if this occurs only your in-level progress is lost and you can resume at the beginning of the level.

Further discussion and opinions of the game can be found in our forums

App Store Link: Garters & Ghouls, $4.99

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  • Lord Gek

    So are there any sort of highscores or a "Survival Mode".

    • arn

      no high scores. no survival mode. there are achievements. - like killing a certain number of enemies without getting hit.

      arn

  • Lord Gek

    So are there any sort of highscores or a "Survival Mode".

    • arn

      no high scores. no survival mode. there are achievements. - like killing a certain number of enemies without getting hit.

      arn

  • http://www.twitter.com/nielskob Niels K.

    to be honest: it looks like the most boring dual-stick shooter in the AppStore

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      Yeah. I like the graphics but the gameplay looks pretty weak.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nielskob Niels K.

    to be honest: it looks like the most boring dual-stick shooter in the AppStore

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      Yeah. I like the graphics but the gameplay looks pretty weak.

  • Ink

    Downloaded and Deleted within an hour. Sluggish controls and gameplay, no multi player. Looks good but that is all. Too bad, I was looking for a replacement for Alive-4-Ever.

    • pahncrd

      Thank you very much for saving me $5.

    • SeaMUskrat

      Saved me five bucks too. Loved Alive 4 Ever and am looking for similar.

  • Ink

    Downloaded and Deleted within an hour. Sluggish controls and gameplay, no multi player. Looks good but that is all. Too bad, I was looking for a replacement for Alive-4-Ever.

    • pahncrd

      Thank you very much for saving me $5.

    • SeaMUskrat

      Saved me five bucks too. Loved Alive 4 Ever and am looking for similar.

  • eggzbacon

    If you click the link in "Further discussion and opinions of the game can be found in our forums", it links to the wrong thread

  • eggzbacon

    If you click the link in "Further discussion and opinions of the game can be found in our forums", it links to the wrong thread

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    This game look a lot like assassin creed

  • http://www.arcadewarfare.com cool Arcade game

    This game look a lot like assassin creed

  • Eni

    Would not suggest the game. It lags during certain level and the game-play is tedious.

  • Eni

    Would not suggest the game. It lags during certain level and the game-play is tedious.

  • Jim Lahey

    This game rocks. I don't know what you guys are talking about.

  • Jim Lahey

    This game rocks. I don't know what you guys are talking about.

  • Yupik

    I love this game - I downloaded it, started to play, and went to bed at 3 oclock in the morning.
    If you like iDracula, Minigore or Meteor Blitz then you probably will like this game.
    If you like Alive4Ever but you stuck on some level (like I did) and you think that A4E is a lite too fast and chaotic then this is game for you!

    Controls are fine, story is ok, but this game is not ideal.

    I have problem with crash when I go to 3+ shop - trick did not help, still crash.

    The gameplay is somehow strange - the beginning of levels is the most hard part of level, it easier with every closed portal. When you die then you just redo level (no other punishment).

    Still great game for me. I hope problem with crash will be fixed soon so I can check other upgrades ;)

  • Yupik

    I love this game - I downloaded it, started to play, and went to bed at 3 oclock in the morning.
    If you like iDracula, Minigore or Meteor Blitz then you probably will like this game.
    If you like Alive4Ever but you stuck on some level (like I did) and you think that A4E is a lite too fast and chaotic then this is game for you!

    Controls are fine, story is ok, but this game is not ideal.

    I have problem with crash when I go to 3+ shop - trick did not help, still crash.

    The gameplay is somehow strange - the beginning of levels is the most hard part of level, it easier with every closed portal. When you die then you just redo level (no other punishment).

    Still great game for me. I hope problem with crash will be fixed soon so I can check other upgrades ;)