Back in June, we reviewed the follow up release to last years successful Battle Bears: Zombies! [99¢], titled Battle Bears -1 [99¢]. While this new prequel to the original game contained the same humor and silly antics that we love about the series, it fell short in a few areas, which kept it from being an entirely enjoyable gaming experience. It was still a fair amount of fun, but the awkward control scheme, repetitive levels, and overall difficulty and brevity of the main campaign ultimately sucked a lot of the joy out of Battle Bears -1.

Now, nearly two months since release and two updates later, pretty much all of these issues have been addressed and then some, and Battle Bears -1 has evolved into a much more competent game than it started out as. For starters, the game is now universal and contains higher quality graphics for the iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and iPhone 4. Both of the campaigns (the included Oliver campaign and the 99¢ IAP Riggs campaign) have been doubled in length, and where you would originally fight the final boss of the game you now receive a new weapon for each character before continuing on.

Oliver's new weapon is a deadly katana, and Riggs gets a huggable head-powered laser gun. The katana is especially fun as it delivers one hit kills to any huggable that gets in the way of Oliver's wild swinging. In addition, the game now allows you to switch weapons at will by tapping an icon in the upper corner (or a button by the right analog stick on the iPad), and carry up to three clips of ammo for each one. The 1.1 update that came out early July let you aim by swiping the screen, allowing you to look around without wasting any ammo, as well as a slider to adjust sensitivity. These changes have really done away with the control issues that plagued the initial version of Battle Bears -1.

The added campaigns for each character take place in different settings as well, alleviating the repetitiveness of the scenery from version 1.0. New cutscenes and voice samples were also added into the game with this new update, and the game has been optimized to run smoother on older devices. And the updates won't stop here either, as developer SkyVu is already planning on adding more weapons, new bosses and enemies, multiplayer support, more cutscenes, and a new downloadable third character with their own unique storyline and campaign.

I'm already much more satisfied with Battle Bears -1 after these last two updates, and it's really become one of my favorite games to play. Further additions can only make it even better, but if any of these previous issues held you back from checking out the game, now is a good time to give it a second look.

  • erlend

    I really don't like the mixing of children themes into non-children games. I guess this game will be a way many 3-4-5 year olds will be introduced to much more violence than what is good for them.

    • Seemarz

      @erlend: 3-4 year olds can't even understand the game mechanics on of this game so I don't think you gotta worry.
      And early introductions to violence, sex and drugs are allready all over the place, in our society, in our media.

    • Jared Nelson

      Then you probably would hate this game too:

      Puppet War FPS http://www.appshopper.com/games/puppet-warfps

    • Karma32

      Mixing children themes into this game is what gives it its flavor and awesomeness. If you don't like the mix, then don't download it and if you have kids, don't let your kids play it...that's your responsibility.

      iPad support is the reason I bought this, I stopped buying iPhone games a long time ago :)

    • jsrco

      What kind of child at that age can navigate the app store or let alone has an i device? Heck even if they did have it, they would be opened up to much more than this silly game. And if the parents bought if for them, then its then its a entirely different argument that you need to address.

  • erlend

    I really don't like the mixing of children themes into non-children games. I guess this game will be a way many 3-4-5 year olds will be introduced to much more violence than what is good for them.

    • Seemarz

      @erlend: 3-4 year olds can't even understand the game mechanics on of this game so I don't think you gotta worry.
      And early introductions to violence, sex and drugs are allready all over the place, in our society, in our media.

    • Jared Nelson

      Then you probably would hate this game too:

      Puppet War FPS http://www.appshopper.com/games/puppet-warfps

    • Karma32

      Mixing children themes into this game is what gives it its flavor and awesomeness. If you don't like the mix, then don't download it and if you have kids, don't let your kids play it...that's your responsibility.

      iPad support is the reason I bought this, I stopped buying iPhone games a long time ago :)

    • jsrco

      What kind of child at that age can navigate the app store or let alone has an i device? Heck even if they did have it, they would be opened up to much more than this silly game. And if the parents bought if for them, then its then its a entirely different argument that you need to address.

  • Eng

    Hell YEAH!
    Just what i wanted, iPad support :)
    wooohoooo!!

  • Eng

    Hell YEAH!
    Just what i wanted, iPad support :)
    wooohoooo!!

  • BigElephant

    Just downloaded it on my iPad. Battle Bears -1 is freakin' awesome! Thanks for the recommendation TA!!!! At only 99 cents, it's probably the best damn value on the for the iPad!

    • Lt. Action

      Oh BigElephant <3 You really jnow how to make an entire game studio blush )@u@(

      Don't be TOO surprised if you see a quote of yours appear in the official iPad description in the future ;D

  • BigElephant

    Just downloaded it on my iPad. Battle Bears -1 is freakin' awesome! Thanks for the recommendation TA!!!! At only 99 cents, it's probably the best damn value on the for the iPad!

    • Lt. Action

      Oh BigElephant <3 You really jnow how to make an entire game studio blush )@u@(

      Don't be TOO surprised if you see a quote of yours appear in the official iPad description in the future ;D

  • Stereotypical Man

    I've been thoroughly avoiding this game before, but I'm starting to reconsider.

  • Stereotypical Man

    I've been thoroughly avoiding this game before, but I'm starting to reconsider.

  • Nate

    Will there ever be more camera options? Some sort of top-down-ish view maybe?

  • Nate

    Will there ever be more camera options? Some sort of top-down-ish view maybe?

  • fredostarr

    AUTOMATIC IPAD BUY!!!! They have already sold 4 million copies of this app. At 99 cent a pop, you do the math. Making worthwhile ipad/iphone apps at the right price can make you rich very quickly.

  • fredostarr

    AUTOMATIC IPAD BUY!!!! They have already sold 4 million copies of this app. At 99 cent a pop, you do the math. Making worthwhile ipad/iphone apps at the right price can make you rich very quickly.