Category Archives: Shooter

Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent through the rest of 2015, but then things went oddly silent until this past August when the developers posted an update saying they had been quietly toiling away on the game and that it was finally feature complete. The game finally launched on Steam in November, and then on Android about a week ago, and at long last Z-Exemplar [$1.99] has also arrived on iOS as of this morning. Here's a look at the launch trailer from the Steam release...

I've played my share of Chillingo's Warfriends [Free] while the game was in soft launch and had quite a fun time with it, and now everyone can join the fun as the game has finally gone global. If you haven't played the game yet, Warfriends is a smart blend of cover-based shooter and card game where you get to deploy all kinds of units against your opponent. It's a pretty smart concept, and every time I've played the game on our Mobcrush stream, people seemed to love it. You level your support units as you go along and also have to decide which cards to bring to a battle and which ones to save. There are also plenty of cosmetic and non-cosmetic upgrades for your guy (mine has a Spartan helmet and a cigar) that add a layer of fun to the game...




10tons have had an impressive run on the App Store as of late, with their mobile adaption of the excellent dual stick shooter and roguelike amalgamation Neon Chrome [$9.99] receiving a hat-trick of accolades, with a glowing five star review, a Game of the Week award, and featuring in our 100 Best Mobile Games list. Xenoraid [Free] is looking to continue this trend - having launched previously on consoles back in October to critical acclaim, 10tons' interesting approach of merging old and new elements of the typical vertical shoot-em-up title resulted in a truly unique take on a relatively tired genre. Having just avoided the typical Wednesday evening rush of releases, Xenoraid has finally launched on the App Store today for free (with a discounted $4.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full game), so be sure to give 10tons newest release a try if you want some thrilling shooter action to liven up your Thursday...

'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' Review - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

At last! The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [$14.99] has finally released on iOS, and it was well worth the wait. Perhaps the most popular dual-stick shooter roguelike out there, rumors, Apple approvals drama, and a constantly-shifting release date led to this being the white whale for many iOS gamers. As the release date narrowed down to a general range, every day saw one question surely asked: "When's Isaac coming?" Well, thanks to a surprise Tuesday night release on January 10th US time, The Binding of Isaac is finally here, and well worth the wait. The scatological, challenging roguelike dual-stick shooter promises challenging gameplay with mountains of secrets to discover...

Shoot 'em ups are quite popular on iOS, though not all of them bring new ideas to the table. High Space [$1.99], which is one of the first games to emerge out of the iTunes freeze, is hoping the ability to bend space and time will help it stand out from the crowd, and it might just do that. As you can see in the video below, this side-scrolling shooter lets you slow down time and create wormholes as you try to survive the hordes of space alien coming your way. The constant slowdowns break up the usual frantic pace of shoot 'em ups and should please those players whose reflexes are as slow as mine...

As promised last month, developer Firi Games have released a huge version 2.0 update to their fantastic vertical shooter Phoenix II [Free]. The biggest change in this update is a new League system which will move players up and down in various levels of leagues based on how they perform in each day's mission. So, if you found the game pretty difficult you'll likely stick around in the lower leagues and get daily missions that are a bit easier. If you're quite proficient at the game, you'll rise up the league ranks and get daily missions that are increasingly harder. It's a smart system that should hopefully cater to a wider level of gamers than the original release...

'Cover Fire' Is an Upcoming Shooter With 3D Touch Controls, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

The 3D Touch feature that made its debut with the iPhone 6S has been criminally underused in both App Store games and iOS as a whole. With only a very limited use that is normally restricted to navigational shortcuts as we've seen in both Alto's Adventure [$4.99] and Fallout Shelter [Free] over the past few months, a feature that has potential to offer a whole new spectrum of control within games has been sorely neglected. That's why Cover Fire, an upcoming on rails first person shooter from One Man Band, has me particularly excited. As well as a whole host of interesting features and some truly stunning graphics, the developers have included an option for 3D Touch aiming, whereby soft swipes are used to move the aiming reticle and harder presses shoot your weapon. This sounds like an incredibly intuitive control system and I can't wait to try it out - if you're similarly minded, the developers are looking for beta testers on our forum, where you can sign up and give Cover Fire a shot (no pun intended)...

If you've enjoyed playing the visually-impressive Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] but haven't played it in a bit, now might be a good time to jump back into the seat of your huge Imperial Knight. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the game has just received update 2.3, Chaos Gods. The new update brings along new Chaos knights, which let you get a taste of the dark gods and the evil lurking in the Warhammer 40K universe, Chaos relics, which you need to earn in order to unlock your Chaos Knight, the new Daemon event that has you battling the Bloodthirster in the depths of Ford Drakkus, and a new Dredmire Multiplayer Arena that lets you battle both Imperial and Chaos Knights. Plenty of chaos and darkness in this update...

'Neon Chrome' Review - The Roguelike That's Just Right

I can't get enough of dual-stick shooter roguelikes, but often the time and effort requirement is too much. I'm more of a gaming tourist – I want to enjoy a lot of different experiences in gaming rather than having to decdicate tons of hours to get the joy out of a single game. Thankfully, Neon Chrome [$9.99] from 10tons, adapted for mobile from PC and console, scratches that itch. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination, and it can be punishing, but it tones down some of the harsher parts of the roguelike-inspired genre to be more accessible up front for players who just want to enjoy a game of this type. This is a game where you can extract genuine rewards from it in the early hours, while still getting long-term challenge and satisfaction. ..

It makes perfect sense why publishers would want to milk the legacy of classic games as long as they can. Why wouldn't they? Very often for a lot of these retro releases they've withstood the test of time, being sold to generation upon generation without any sign of stopping. Bandai Namco is the king of that practice, having delivered us hundreds of Pac-Man ports, re-releases, and spinoffs in the past several decades. But what I love more than a port is an original take on a classic formula...

Even though there is some serious competition from the Battlefield and Titanfall series this year, November will always be the Call of Duty month, and the one-two punch of both Modern and Infinite Warfare (certainly a lot of conflict, by any means) has proved to be a commercial hit, even if critics haven't been as favourable to Activision's flagship first person shooter series this time around. Thankfully, November isn't solely an exciting time for console gamers - as well as the soft launch release of card game spin-off Call of Duty: Siege last month, the publishing behemoth has reduced every Call of Duty title to $1.99 in an App Store wide sale. The titles featured in this promotion are as follows:..

Midnight Star: Renegade [Free], the sequel to Midnight Star, is a pretty fun and frantic shooter that tests your twitch reflexes in a mobile-friendly way. The game is getting ready to add a huge new feature this week, Versus Mode. I mean shooting running, bouncing aliens is entertaining, but it's a whole different world putting your skills and loadout against another player. Keep in mind, though, that this is going to be asynchronous PvP.  The way this new mode will work is you fight against others in newly-created PvP arenas and earn points for your victories. As you get more points, you rise through the ranks, and your rank persists throughout the month-long seasons. At the end of each season, you get rewards and the opportunity to mock your friends...

This past June, a refreshed take on the arcade classic Galaga was soft-launched by Bandai Namco in select countries with surprisingly little fanfare, given how beloved the Galaga series is. In a similarly low-key fashion, that game, called Galaga Wars [Free], has exited its soft-launch period and is now available worldwide. At least I think it's worldwide, I can't go around checking every country or anything you know, but it's definitely out in the US App Store because I just downloaded it! And let me just say that this game is freaking fantastic. The original Galaga is perhaps my favorite classic arcade game, and there's nothing scarier than seeing a company trying to "improve" one of its classic franchises for a modern audience. There's just so much potential to sully the good name of such a beloved game, but that's definitely not the case in Galaga Wars...

Infinite Dreams really need to stop updating Sky Force Reloaded [Free], as the sheer amount of times I've had to report a massive new update releasing for their flagship shoot-em-up game means I'm running low on superlatives to describe it by. For everyone else, such continued support has developed Sky Force Reloaded from an already excellent game that received five stars in our review at release, to one that is pushing the boundaries for the genre on mobile devices. Despite the variety of awesome additions in the past few months, the developers have been building up to the big Level 13 update for some time, and while we caught wind of its imminent launch last week, there wasn't a set release date to report. Thankfully, it was a short wait, as today the biggest update for Sky Force Reloaded - which has been labelled as the 'Omega Update' - has finally launched on the App Store alongside some stunning new artwork, as well as more content than you can shake a fighter plane at...

Hitman: Sniper [$0.99], probably the best sniper game on the App Store (depending on your taste of course), has gone all Halloween in the latest update. The game now has a Halloween theme everywhere, but in addition to that, Agent 47 has decided to go old-school Halloween by bringing a crossbow to the party. The limited edition crossbow has a variety of special abilities like sending your enemies flying for more domino kills, shooting a volley of bolts when there's a need to take many people out at the same time, and even making your victim's ghost your ally...

It is borderline absurd how much developer Infinite Dreams has updated their hit shooter Sky Force Reloaded [Free] since its initial launch at the beginning of June. Absurd, I tell you! Just a couple of weeks into its life Sky Force Reloaded received a new ninth level and tournaments; a month later it got a tenth level, a new tournament level, AND a new ship; a couple weeks later it received an eleventh level (phew!); about a month after that it received a twelfth level with LASER RAPTORS; and finally a few weeks back Sky Force Reloaded received its most recent update which added a new Prestige system, technicians, and much more. All of these wonderful additions came AFTER we awarded Sky Force Reloaded 5 stars in our review. So, where do we go from here? Why, Level 13 of course! ..

There's very little that's more satisfying than an easy to grasp game. If it has shooting elements, great, it probably appeals to the little destroyer in us all. That's precisely why so many have flocked to Downwell [$2.99], as it has that "one more run" type of feel combined with a loveable art style and simple control scheme. It's something that you can just pick up and play, preferably on a convenient device like a smartphone, and just go to town with, for minutes or hours at a time. Spingun [Free] might not be as epic as some of those types of games, but it definitely has that feel...

We really enjoyed Leap of Fate [$3.99] here at the TouchArcade Towers for quite a few reasons, and I personally thought the way the developers used various parts of the screen for special abilities was pretty clever and worked quite well. In a recent article, the developers talked in depth about how they went about making a fast-paced action game work well on mobile. They talk about how their number one priority was to build a control scheme that didn't require players to look at the HUD while playing so they could be focusing on the action (like how you play a console game). The article also talks about how they went about deciding on what kind of virtual sticks to have in the game and what playtesting taught them when it came to that aspect of the game...

Back in August, we brought to you the news that the developer of the intriguing and bizarre Shadow of the Colossus meets Angry Birds arcade game David. [$1.99] was looking for beta testers for his newest App Store release Spingun [Free], which took the creative absurdity of their previous titles and turned it up to 11. While relatively simple in both controls and concept - you fly a ship and shoot things with an intuitive two button control method - Fermenter Games ensured that the sheer chaos of the levels and brutal difficulty curve will hopefully make it yet another engrossing arcade title that will be even harder to put down. Today, Spingun has finally launched on the App Store for free, with one in-app purchase for some new game modes and to remove ads, all of which can be unlocked by paying between $0.99 and $2.99 based on what you think the game is worth, which is a great spin (aha) on the typical premium game formula...

'Bullet Hell Monday' Review - Another Manic Monday

Last year, we were treated to a pair of excellent shooters by Japanese indie developer Masayuki Ito. Titled .Decluster [$2.99] and .Decluster Zero [$4.99], these shoot-em-ups combined a unique visual style with tense bullet-hell action. The scoring mechanisms largely surrounded the ability to cancel enemy bullets. The more bullets you canceled, the more points you would earn. This encouraged you to use risky strategies, making for some seriously thrilling close calls. The stage designs and enemy placements in the games were top-notch, too. The .Decluster games were sold as paid games with no IAPs, and that's probably one of the biggest points where Ito's latest shooter, Bullet Hell Monday [Free], diverges from his previous titles...

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