The run 'n gun platformer genre hasn't fared especially well on iOS. Usually this boils down to the whole touchscreen virtual controls thing, since these kinds of games typically demand faster reactions and more precision than a smattering of virtual buttons can offer.

Wandake seems to have figured out a great solution though with their title Apocalypse Max [$3.99]. They kept all the running and gunning intact, but made the simple decision to have aiming handled automatically. It sounds like something that might dumb down the action, but it really doesn't. We found Apocalypse Max to be a lot of fun when we reviewed it last September.

This week, a pretty big update was released for the game which adds four additional playable characters to the mix. Each character has their own unique abilities that differentiate themselves from the default Max character. For example, Commando Max has unlimited ammunition on all weapons, and Ninja Max does double damage with his melee blade. These new characters add a good amount of variety and let you play the game in new ways.

Each of the four new characters are available as a 99¢ IAP purchase or you can save yourself a buck and buy the whole lot for $2.99. And, if you haven't picked up Apocalypse Max already, it's currently free to download in celebration of the new update. It's one of my favorite games of its kind, and especially for free I can't recommend it enough.

  • Gurney Halleck

    Seriously considering picking up the new characters pack. This is one of my favorite games to play only TV and has had a place in my main game folder since it launched ^_^* The new character abilities really looks awesome! Can't wait to mix up the play style a bit! Thanks to the Dev for actually making a fully fleshed out game with unnecessary, but compelling IAP. I do believe this is the ONLY time I have ever felt that the IAP actually complimented the game without breaking it or being a requirement to enjoy the game!! Can't praise this choice highly enough. I wish you great and continued success with such a polished game!!

    • Gurney Halleck

      Oh! And I just realized, with the game currently free, if you pick this up and buy the full characters pack then it only ends up costing the original asking price for the game!! This may well be the best deal in iOS run-and-gun gaming!

      • sakara214ever

        Totally agree. One of the best games of it's kind. The iaps are not something you will need to finish the game.

  • dariusjr98

    Highly recommend this game to anyone even vaguely interested in it. The only thing you have to lose is approximately 300+ MB, if I remember correctly. And support the dev and buy the new heroes, they deserve the money. 🙂