Released last month, Scarface: Last Stand [App Store] is an on-rails third-person shooting game themed after the final scene of the 1983 cult classic movie Scarface. With slightly clunky controls, middling graphics, and fairly repetitive gameplay it was hard to recommend at the initial $6.99 price point unless you were a diehard fan of Scarface. Well for today only, the game is available for free as part of FreeAppADay.com. Despite it's drawbacks, there's plenty of content in Last Stand and it has some fun moments, and is definitely worth taking the time to download while free.

The game takes place during the end of the movie's plot when main character Tony Montana has an army of assassins sent to his mansion to kill him after double crossing his Bolivian drug lord boss. Not the best situation to be in. You control the aim and firing of Tony as he fends off attacks from every direction. An analog nub in the left corner controls an onscreen cross-hair and a button on the right fires your weapon. Tony automatically moves to different points in the mansion as you aim and fire at oncoming waves of enemies. It works decently, but the aiming is too imprecise to be very effective. An auto-aim option alleviates this, but takes away much of the challenge. The gameplay can be entertaining for a while, but eventually becomes monotonous as you play in the same parts of the mansion with the same enemies over and over.

Although the play experience is not stellar, there are a lot of standout features to Last Stand, especially for fans of the movie. While the graphics are none too special, the little details of the mansion interiors and Tony's extravagant office are fairly accurate to the film. Voice samples are taken directly from the movie and feature many of the popular profanity laden quotes from Tony. There's a nice arsenal of different weapons to unlock and use that somewhat spice up the gameplay and, as a nice touch, the gun firing sound effects seem to be sampled directly from the film as well.

In addition to the 30 level Arcade mode, there's a Survival mode, a number of achievements and wallpapers to unlock, online leaderboards, Facebook connectivity, and statistics for every level. In other words, there's a lot of stuff to do. If you're a fan of the movie Scarface, or just looking for some simplistic shooting gallery-type action, Scarface: Last Stand is worth a download during today's free promotion.

App Store Link: Scarface: Last Stand, Free (today only, regular $6.99)

  • pd

    looks good to me

  • dumas1000

    As much as there is a lot to do, my understanding is that you really are just playing slightly altered variations of that iconic mansion scene. I played the first level and Tony never left his office. Opening up that scene at little more each time you access a new "level" I think might be the lazy way in which they tried to add replay value.

    The accelometer aiming also appears to be extremely loose.

    Don't get me wrong though. This is a high quality free game. For 6.99 though, it was a complete bust. It had somewhere between a 2 & 3 star rating. And people thought Vampire Orgins was a bad value at 6.99. VO puts this game to shame at that price.

    For a dollar or two, I still probably would have bought this.

  • elnombre

    Don't I feel like a dick for paying the $6,99. Very, VERY simplistic game. More like a 1990s Java mobile game than something that should be on iPhone.

  • NotYou

    This is also basically the ending of GTA: Vice City. :) Those of you who played it through know what I mean.

    • barbicoh

      Although GTA:Vice City doesn't end with Tommy Vercetti geting shot hundreds of times then plunging to his death in a 3foot deep pool.

      • NotYou

        It can if you do it right ;)

  • Anonymous

    Yay for cheap for cheap license cash-ins.

  • http://notoneyet ultimo

    I got ma FREE copy!
    Btw, this is by ze same PpL who gave us the iconic Critter crunch :)

  • Mike

    Thanks for featuring a bad free game. Real helpful.

  • Erik

    How can this be a bad game? I thought that the great Jobs said that bad games are only written in Flash?

  • Stan Winstone

    Hmm- I can't even get excited for this at free.

  • RhythmMan

    It's free, but still a turd. No thanks

  • Dnz

    Doesnt worth the Time downloading even if free
    bad game!
    best film!

    Greets

  • russiaone

    This is such a crappy-ass app... Toucharcade lost some respect from me for posting about it, even if it is free.

  • Epileptiiisddflkbdfs

    Wow, some people still have balls to charge $6.99 for basically one level crappy game.

  • http://www.erraticgamer.com Eric

    Downloaded it, played for 10 minutes, deleted it. Even for free it's not worth a spot on my phone.

  • BushDoc

    It's a typical attempt to rip off players with a good sounding brand. This game is a totally useless, non value crap, it's a shame on the publisher. Gameplay : 1/10, gfx : 2/10, sound :3/10 , overall : 1.5/10 : delete it or your brain will stop to work after 1 and a half minute of gameplay. Pure trash.