Remember WAAYYYYYY back, oh I don't know, like, 9 hours ago when we told you that the Unreal Engine powered first-person shooter Warm Gun was hitting the New Zealand App Store and slowly worming its way throughout the world? Well, those sentiments have just a bit more meaning now for those of us in the good ol' US of A as Warm Gun [$4.99] and its free spinoff Carnival of Bullets [Free] are now available in our little neck of the woods.

In fact, the release has hit a few bumps in the road, as a representative from the game's developer Emotional Robots has explained in our forums that an old version of Warm Gun was accidentally loaded up into iTunes Connect and for a good chunk of its international release customers had been unknowingly buying this incomplete early version. Emotional Robots took swift action and have replaced that pre-release build with the proper one, so things should be all good with downloading the correct game going forward. If you happen to be one of those who downloaded the improper version earlier, you might benefit from deleting the game entirely and re-downloading the new version which is up in the App Store right now.

In case you've missed it before, here's the trailer for Warm Gun followed by the trailer for the free Carnival of Bullets single player demo:

As we've said previously, we'll be hopping online in the next few days to dig into the multiplayer-centric gameplay of Warm Gun and will bring you a full review of our findings soon. The reaction to the game in our forums has been decidedly mixed. Some players are having a blast, with the game performing well technically and matches online being mostly lag free. A larger group of players are feeling the opposite of that. Many are complaining of performance issues on their devices, with laggy framerates plaguing both online and offline matches. These issues could be due to Emotional Robots having to make some pretty extensive last minute changes to the game right before release, and they have already committed to addressing all feedback and updating the game frequently to make sure it can be the best that it can be.

While the negative issues are troublesome, they also aren't completely unheard of when dealing with such a technically intensive game like Warm Gun. However, I feel confident in Emotional Robots' pledge to give the game plenty of tender lovin' in the coming weeks. If you find yourself intrigued by Warm Gun but aren't sure how your particular device will handle the load, your best bet is to check out the free Carnival of Bullets to gauge performance.

  • Jonas

    Actually, many of us on iPhone 4 are reporting the same issues.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Yeah, I see that now. Reworded it to be less specific. 

    • http://twitter.com/DustenSobotta Dusten Sobotta

      Many of the major issues with v1.03 have been fixed in the v1.04 patch, which was just released on the app store.  Details on the patch can be found here:

      http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=1951402&postcount=355

      • Jonas

        It's certainly much, much better! :-)

        Not yet good enough to provide a smooth and pleasant experience, though. But I've no doubts we will get there soon enough.

  • Anonymous

    what's the difference between paid and free versions?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OM27TCKQLT22JAX5P4UX2DFJBM Brandon Estep

      the free version is just a shooting gallery  the full version is online multiplayer  and offline with bots
      a lot of people are havin problems with it   but i have to say its one of my fav games now  cant wait til the updates

      • Anonymous

        Cool. Thanks for the clarification.

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      • PJ Haight

        I agree 100%. It runs pretty smoothly, with a little bit of lag, not much. Online play is very nice and offline with bots is good but the AI could use a little more intelligence. Most of the 49'ers just stand there and look at me until I shoot them! Haha. Considering that 1) it's an indie game and 2) it's only $5, this game is worth every cent and minute. Buy it, the kinks will get ironed out :)

    • http://twitter.com/DustenSobotta Dusten Sobotta

      Warm Gun: Carnival of Bullets is a free singleplayer counterpart to Warm Gun.  It showcases Warm Gun's graphical capabilities, controls, and one of the classes.  The full game is an entirely different experience, focused on online multiplayer.

  • Anonymous

    well, this version still feels like the BETA version....controls r stupid...when i was trying shit hard to kill my first enemy i had already been killed 3 times....TAT

  • http://twitter.com/DustenSobotta Dusten Sobotta

    A patch including fixes to the server browser, bot population in multiplayer, and the performance issues on iPhone 4/iPad will be uploaded for review shortly.  

    Frame rate and overal responsiveness of the controls has improved considerably.  Certain levels still need a bit of optimization, but everyone should see a performance improvement.  I personally feel that the current development build pushes the framerate from unacceptable to decent or even good on iphone 4 and ipad 1.

    I'm also shortening the delay/window for double tap+drag firing to help alleviate accidental firing.

    The patch will be available as soon as apple approves it and our dedicated servers are ready.

    -Dusten

  • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

    Feels more like a tech demo than an actual game... controls are bad...

  • Erik Wilgenhof

    Nice, just spend $4.99. It starts up then crashes. Even cold reset didn't help.

    • http://twitter.com/DustenSobotta Dusten Sobotta

      What device are you on?  Are you using the v1.03 build?  I've never heard of this happening after a hard reboot.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, the controls feel less than convincing. Drag+tap works rather different than I'd expect (iPad2). Having a hard time getting used to that. Even hitting non-moving targets is work. Thank god I did not buy the full version first, as I intended originally. Why is it so hard on the iPad to make good and intuitive controls in FPS games? 

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  • Anonymous

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  • whil mccutchan

    Downloaded this and played it yesterday, very hard to play and it was super difficult to kill the bots.  The weirdest thing about the controls is there are THREE right thumb sticks.  There's one you can use to control what direction your facing, one that controls direction your facing AND shoots, and the whole right side of the screen is a thumbstick that has the same effect as the first thumbstick I mentioned.  So basically you use one stick to choose your direction, then another to shoot and choose the direction your bullets go, then, what the hell, let's throw another in there just in case the two that are there aren't good enough.  I found myself trying to switch from one thumbstick to another and the direction I'm facing is radically changed.  Not worth $4.99 IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Phew, good thing the developer made a free version so I could see what an absolute train wreck these controls are before wasting my money on such a poorly designed game. Virtual analog sticks suck but I expect them in shooters. I also expect them to work properly and be somewhat manageable. I can't walk in the right direction even, let alone aim and shoot at a stationary target. I fired up the game, took about two shots, and deleted the app since its so clearly not worth my time. Another disappointing game that will sell based on its engine alone. I'm getting real tired of developers releasing a half-assed effort of a game just because it looks cool so they know it will sell.

  • Anonymous

    Just spent 4.99$ it starts up then crashes

  • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

    I don't know what all the uproar is about the controls, I think they're fine. I use the single stick option and have no issues *shrugs*

    I'm more concerned with the frame rate hiccups, though even those are few and far between. I actually think this game is pretty sick.

    • PJ Haight

      To be honest and fair I am with Jared, my only issues are about the framerate issues. Besides those this game is my new favorite!

  • Anonymous

    I think customizable controlls should be standardized for all ios games personally.