Category Archives: Shooter

Friends, there are an awful lot of twin-stick shooters on iOS. After a period of relative dormancy, the genre came back into fashion at almost the exact same time as mobile gaming went through the roof and the indie boom kicked off, so it was in a lot of ways inevitable. The competition is so fierce that even the series responsible for getting the genre going again, Geometry Wars, has to be at the top of its game to earn a spot on people's devices. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved [$9.99] stepped up to that challenge, giving mobile players almost the same experience that could be found on consoles and PCs. If you haven't grabbed it yet, today is your lucky day, as the game has gone on sale for the nice price of $2.99...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Space Marshals' Goes Free for the First Time

We live in a world of constant sales and freebies. It happens so darn much that sometimes it's tough to even get excited about a sale. This is NOT one of those times. Pixelbite's stunning dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [$4.99] has just dropped to free for the first time ever. It's not known why exactly it's free at this point in time, but this isn't the time for questions, this is the time for action. That action is mashing the download button on your device...




Some of my favorite mobile games are ones that can be played with one hand in quick sessions. After all, if you have your phone always with you, then why not fill any empty gaps by playing a game? I love deeper experiences as well, but the ones I keep coming back to are the games that I can play for short bursts. It's what makes Clash Royale [Free] so compelling and replayable, and why I've sunk a lot more time in something like Boom Dots [Free] than you'd probably expect from such a simple game. So is the case with Super Arc Light [$0.99]. It's a minimalist high-score shooter that takes definite cues from Super Hexagon [$2.99]. It's a game I raise plenty of issues with, but I can't complain about it too much, since it scratches my one-handed pick-up-and-play itch quite well...

Gamevil's third-person multiplayer shooter Afterpulse [Free] launched worldwide last October following a short soft-launch period. It offered great visuals, but more importantly it streamlined the shooter experience to create something that felt satisfying but still highly playable on mobile touchscreen devices. We enjoyed it a lot in our original review, and although I was a bit late to the party, I also got hooked on Afterpulse late last year and it's become one of my very favorite games. The shooting is fun, the matchmaking works great, and the RPG-ish character and weapon leveling keeps me coming back time and time again. ..

'Hectic Space 2' Review - Bullet Pixel Hell

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March 22nd, 2016 11:45 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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Shoot 'em ups will keep me company until the hour of my death. They were one of the first genres I ever played in the arcade, and it's one of my most played genres for pleasure to date. Whether it's a bullet hell Cave joint (which has become even more prolific on iOS) or a traditional, technical shooter, I'm always willing to turn my monitor on its side to play at any possible resolution. Less screen real estate on a mobile device seems like a problem, but touch controls almost always come through and deliver, and that's definitely the case with Hectic Space 2 [Free]...

As I've said before, there's nothing wrong with chilling out with a mindless arcade game. I grew up playing flashy shooters and beat 'em ups just as often as deep RPGs and point and click adventure games, and both philosophies scratch certain itches on any given day. The former mindset is most evident in Call of Commander [$0.99], which has some RPG elements, but mostly caters towards the part of your brain that likes to shut itself off...

Of the vast multitude of game types that just work really well on iOS, first person sniper games are definitely high on that list. Coming from AAA franchise names and high budgets along with one person indie developed stick man games, in freemium, premium, and everything in between. This is the story of one of those tiny developers. In fact, you may have played his last game at some point, Tactical Assassin [Free]. Well the ante has been upped, and what he’s put out next is, in my estimation, one of the first must have mobile game of the new year. I give you Lonewolf [Free]...

It feels like in the past year or so we've seen a ton of really old iOS games get modern updates out of the blue. It's a great thing too, as the entirely digital medium of iOS gaming can feel a bit expendable when iOS updates can break games or new screen sizes and hardware features are released and the developers of classi games are no longer around to do anything about it. It's crazy to say "classic" and actually mean games that are 5 or 6 years old, espeically when I have some NES games that are 30 years old that still work like the day they were released (with a little blowing into the cartridge or wiggling it in the slot, of course). Anyway, it warms my heart when I see an old game get new life and find a new audience by way of being updated, and that's exactly what has happened with the classic dual-stick shooter Circuit_Strike.One [$0.99]...

One of the greatest things about iPads (and iPhones to a certain extent) is being able to bust one out with a group of friends and all get down and dirty with some same-device multiplayer gaming. It's a niche market for sure, but there's nothing quite as fun as trash-talking someone to their face as multiple people all try to utilize the same tiny screen space. It's couch gaming with your buddies for these modern times. ..

While I'm pretty sure that you're not hurting for free games to play on the App Store right now, especially considering that 2 of the 14 games featured this week on the App Store are paid games, how does a paid game gone free sound like to you? Well, Shane McCafferty's Starseed: Origin [Free] is free to download right now. Did the 33% off launch sale not entice you? Well, how about a whopping 100%? Are you not entertained? Do you demand that Shane McCafferty give you money to play his game? How about Rob at Fractures Audio who did the sound and music for the game, must he pay penance unto you to get you to download this? You're a madman if you demand anything more than free without IAP!..

Fantastic Plastic Squad [Free] is a game that punched me in the stomach. I’ve rarely felt so excited and then so disappointed in such a short amount of time. Maybe that’s not fair, but let’s start with the good part: The game has one of the strongest first five minutes of any game I’ve played on iOS. It introduces you to these awesome '80s action figures that walk around in a hilariously stiff way (they are plastic, as the game’s name suggests), and you get to use them to shoot aliens around a giant house! I absolutely love games that take place in ordinary places seen from a miniature perspective--probably because of playing with action figures as a child--and this game nails that feeling. The controls are smart and tight, and I could feel myself getting super pumped while playing through the tutorial. I could tell this would be a game I’d be playing for a long time. But I was wrong...

'AirAttack 2' Review - Stunning Shooting

When people claim that gameplay takes precedent above all else, including visual fidelity, I ask, "why not both?" There have been plenty of games that have pushed the envelope in just about every facet imaginable, including the recent Witcher 3 from CD Projekt Red. The same goes for mobile titles, which are pushing boundaries far beyond what I thought was initially capable when the App Store first debuted so many years back. We're starting to see full console experiences on portable devices, and AirAttack 2 [$0.99] is one such game that doesn't even feel like it should be possible given the hardware...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'AirAttack 2'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Last week was one of those weird release weeks where a couple things popped up early prior to the regular weekly scheduled time, then the actual release night Out Now post was much lighter than usual, then so many things trickled out after that that we even threw together a second Out Now post on Friday. Then those dastardly developers Art In Games went and really threw a wrench in things by releasing their newest game AirAttack 2 [$0.99] on a Saturday of all days. A Saturday! Insert BillLumbergh.gif here. Hey I won't complain, a constant stream of awesome new games is never a bad thing no matter when they release. ..

The Old West era of American history is pretty crazy. Not only could you die from disease, poverty, weather or any number of dangers of the time, but if some fella didn't like the cut of your jib in the saloon he might just pull out his six shooter and end you right there on the spot. If that fella was a bit more democratic, though, you might settle a squabble with a good old-fashioned shootout. But that was more than 100 years ago, what about in the future? Well the only logical conclusion is that those shootout scenarios will still happen but they'll take place in space. Obviously. That's the premise behind Space Noon [$0.99 (HD)]. Aim at the opponent across from you and fire, but be sure to consider the gravitational pull of the asteroids in your line of sight. These are NOT straight shooters...

A lot of people still say shooters don’t work on touchscreen devices, but over the years I’ve warmed to them pretty nicely. Sliding your greasy fingers around on a piece of glass will probably never have the same precision as a mouse and keyboard, but on some games I don’t even use a controller anymore. Yes, first- and third-person shooters have certainly come a long way on iOS, and in my opinion Afterpulse [Free] is one of the better recent examples...

'Afterpulse' Review - Mobile Infantry

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November 3rd, 2015 1:00 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in 4 stars, Action, First Person Shooter, Free, Games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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When I first saw footage of Afterpulse [Free] in soft launch, I almost couldn't believe what I was looking at. Developers are always claiming to have "console quality" graphics in their iOS games, but seeing this game in action was one of the first times I started believing the hype. In fact, some people in our forums thought it must be streaming from a server somewhere, because there's no way a mobile game could look that good (and have such a relatively tiny install size to boot, at less than 400MB). Well, I'm one of the few people around here to not have dummy accounts in other countries, so I anxiously waited until it would launch worldwide and I'd finally get to see how it played in person. And folks, that day has come and gone, and I've been have a gay ol' time shooting fools in the face since last week. There's no question the graphics are in a league of their own (for the time being), but does the rest of the game match up?..

Shooty Skies [Free] is a chaotic, endless arcade shooter by some of the same people who created Crossy Road [Free]. This follow-up to the viral hit uses the same quirky and cute style, featuring a variety of blocky animals and anthropomorphized electronics, but amps up the action one hundred fold. This arcade flyer puts the player behind the wheel of an aircraft loaded with pixel-shooting guns and drops them into a sky filled with a strange assortment of enemies that will barrage you with a variety of projectiles – joystick controllers, hamburgers, cans of soda, dollar bills, axes...

Here's a little surprise for you: Shooty Skies [Free], a new game from two-thirds of the crew that created Crossy Road [Free], is out now. Developed by Matt Hall and Andy Sum of Hipster Whale, along with a couple other long-time Australian game development veterans in Ben Britten and Matt Ditton, this is an arcade-y shoot 'em up full of the voxel graphics that Crossy Road was known for, but now you're shooting enemies instead of just crossing roads...

Classic Reload - 'Space Miner: Platinum Edition'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to another special Classic Reload, a semi-random feature where we take a look at a classic game from the App Store's past. Yes, it's been a couple of months since the last one, and I do apologize for that, but I hope to get on at least a monthly schedule from here on out. Anyway, for those who didn't read the last column or don't remember, the Classic Reload is a feature dedicated to digging out some iOS treasures that may not be getting much attention anymore. It's a chance to see how old favorites are holding up nowadays and take a deeper dive than we may have in past coverage. If you have suggestions for games to feature in the future, make sure you let me know by commenting below...

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