Rockstar has updated the iOS version of their 2001 noir crime drama 3rd person action title Max Payne Mobile [$2.99] today, adding iCloud save support and making a subtle but significant change to how the game is controlled.

You now get an additional set of save slots that are all iCloud enabled, which means you have to save it to one of them specifically if you want to transfer your save games between devices. It works beautifully though, and these days when practically all releases are Universal it’s an incredibly appreciated feature. Especially for a lengthy, involved game like Max Payne.

The other big change in this update is an option that lets you both move and shoot at the same time using the right analog stick. Touch controls shoehorned onto a game made for consoles is never really ideal, and although Max Payne’s were serviceable before this small addition does a lot to make the gunplay feel more fluid and useful.

If you were a fan of Max Payne back in the day then the iOS version is actually a really great way to re-experience this classic. If you didn’t play the original, then this isn’t a bad way to introduce yourself to it, and despite the graphics looking dated the story still holds up really well after all these years. Check out our review of Max Payne Mobile from this past April and give the new iCloud enabled version a spin if you have multiple iOS devices.

  • ManuD

    I wonder why only a handful of games (Even those coming out these days) have this important feature.
    People having both iPhone & iPad definitely this feature for universal games.

  • NPeart

    Gyro controls or no sale. Same goes to ShadowGun.

    • http://twitter.com/woodesh matthew wood

      what is this? i don't even

    • Adam Gibson

      I just don't get how big companies like ID software don't understand that you need gyro controls like in the N.O.V.A games to make playing FOS games fun on the touch screen. Regular controls just are not good enough now that we have been introduced to controls like in the N.O.V.A game. If every FPS game on iOS standardized on that control scheme I would be playing a lot more of them. The current control scheme in max Payne mobile just doesn't cut it nowadays.

  • th1nk

    how does move and shoot work? i activated it but dont notice a difference...

    • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

      I believe you hold down the shoot button then drag it around the screen to aim while shooting. Personally I find it wastes a whole clip before I've even lined up on the enemy so it seems pretty worthless. That said, this update has made aiming really laggy on my iPad 3 so maybe if they fix that it will work better...

  • th1nk

    can anyone explain how the new control option works? i activated it but it seems to make no difference...

  • Greyskull

    Can you save a game into a cloud slot, delete and reinstall the game, and be able to pull down that save on the same device? I know GOF2 and IB2 let you do that, and man do I wish more games with huge file sizes did.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    And what about GTA?
    They need iCloud or a separate Rockstar Cloud.
    Because there is GTA 3 for Appstore, for Mac Appstore and for steam (both Mac and PC) and neither iCloud, neither steam Cloud support it have.

    Rockstar should give a solution for this state.....

    • Maniacfive

      Seconded. GTA3 is crying out for iCloud. In onto the 3rd island on iPhone, but now I've upgraded from a 1st gen iPad I'd much rather play on that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lakatos-György/1660973446 Lakatos György

    valaki nem tudja miért nem működik adjust touch controls?