Category Archives: Shooter

Dubbed by its developers as a mix of Diablo and The Binding of Isaac, Hero Siege [$2.99] is a dual-stick shooter that immediately has big shoes to fill. With a simplified combat system combined with a load of randomization systems, Hero Siege may pick up some aspects from those titles in terms of theory, but not so much in terms of implementation. Still, while the action-RPG hybrid may not live up to the games that it’s inspired by, Hero Siege is still an enjoyable romp through a 16-bit styled randomized world with plenty of enemies to dispatch...

'Starborn Anarkist' Review - Building Ships, Rocking The Establishment

Not every game makes a good first impression. As gamers are human beings, we tend to be comfortable with certain established ways of doing things, and games that go too far outside the box in some way or another can be initially off-putting. Gamers are particularly sensitive when it comes to controls, with good reason. A simple swap of the usual functions of buttons is enough to drive some people mad, and I've seen people walk away from masterpieces like Shadow of the Colossus in the first five minutes because it played differently from how they'd like. Adding to the problem for iOS gamers is the sheer quantity of games available. Between new releases and sales, it's very easy to discard a game that doesn't feel good right away...

'Infinity Danger' Review - Simply Boss Fights

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November 14th, 2013 12:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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Have you ever played a game that had particularly boring levels, but kick ass boss fights? What if you could just have a game where you fought boss after boss, ignoring all the goons along the way?..

Well, here we are again. I'm going to preface this review with the statement that I don't envy publishers in today's smartphone market. Thanks to what is certainly the most ridiculously high level of competition in any gaming market ever, it must be enormously difficult to balance getting your game into enough people's hands with making enough money to keep the lights on. As with any difficult task, there are many figurative bodies on the floor resulting from missteps. There are free games that give away too much, leading to little income. There are free games that give too little, leading to being buried in obscurity. With so many free and low-priced games, publishers that choose to put a larger price on their games frequently face backlash or, worse, have their product entirely ignored. It's a minefield, and I feel for you guys...

In a few ways, Strike Wing: Raptor Rising [$0.99] encapsulates a lot that we love in space shooters. Good controls, great visuals and hectic action make for a pretty fun gaming experience. While these reasons alone make Strike Wing a game worth checking out, a relatively simplistic mission system combined with an unlock grind that doesn't provide much variety keep it from being a game worthy of more...

Upon first playing Soul Grinder [Free] and, understandably, being used to the plethora of casual endless runners and the like that populate the App Store, I did find it a bit hard. This game ain't no walk in the park, though with something that all too many iOS gamers seem to not want to indulge in these days–persistence–Soul Grinder becomes an immensely enjoyable blaster...

Galaxoid [$1.99] is not an original game, but it’s a great time-killer. While the retro shooter is obviously a riff on the famous arcade classics Space Invaders and Galaga, developer Jacob Davis introduces some basic tweaks that turn it into a perfect on-the-go game for mobile devices...

The App Store being what it is, one of the bigger challenges a game faces is simply being noticed. With almost every genre represented and then some, unless you're working with a well-known IP, you need to have some kind of gimmick or hook to stand out. Well, Space Qube [$2.99], a shoot 'em up from new faces Qubit and Playground Publishing, owns its gimmick proudly. The hook here is that you can build your own 3D ship, piece by piece, and take it into battle. This isn't the first game to allow this kind of custom design, but it's uncommon enough to give the game a bit of a unique feel. Unfortunately, there's something else that feels unusual about this game...

'2013: Infected Wars' Review - "Console Quality," In Air Quotes

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September 24th, 2013 11:30 AM EDT by David Clarke in $2.99, 2 stars, Action, Games, Reviews, Shooter
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Some iOS games look outdated. They don't have the resources to create detailed 3D environment, so instead focus on creative art design, fresh ideas and strong gameplay. Then there's the "console quality" games. They heavily advertise their "immersive environments" and "console quality graphics," rehashing old experiences without attempting to blaze new trails. 2013: Infected Wars [Free] falls into the latter camp. It may seem ambitious, but in every way, Action Mobile Games have developed a safe, predictable, and mostly unsatisfying experience...

I really hate that we're reduced to this level of Apple tea leaf reading, but, here we are. If you're among the boatload of our readers who are totally excited for iOS 7 game controllers, here's some good evidence that they might be coming sooner rather than later: Apple is now approving game updates that specifically support controllers. AVP: Evolution [$2.99] is the first one that has popped up on our radar...

Activision Releases 'Call of Duty: Strike Team' On The App Store

Boy, there's nothing quite like a surprise release of a totally new Call of Duty iOS game to start your morning. It's called Call of Duty: Strike Team [$6.99] and it's been totally built with mobile devices in mind. Featuring both traditional first person mode as well as a third-person view to manage your entire squad, Call of Duty: Strike Team seems like it's ticking all the checkboxes that makes for an awesome Call of Duty game...

One of the many things I love about iOS gaming is how critical it's been in the revival of one of my favorite genres from the past: the shoot-em-up. Several years ago, shoot-em-ups were pretty much down to just Cave's excellent games, with the odd release here and there from others. Now, we're pretty much drowning in them. Of course, like any healthy genre, there's a lot of stuff not really worth your time or money out there, but, more importantly, there are a lot of games that are worth both. BlastTrax [$0.99] certainly tries to put its own spin on things, and while it's not quite up to the variety of some of the better shoot-em-ups available, such as Dodonpachi Blissful Death [$4.99] or Phoenix HD [Free], if you don't mind something a little smaller, you'll still probably be pretty happy with what you get for your money...

Before we get started, it should be pointed out that despite the title, Lightning Fighter 2 [Free / Free (HD)] ain't so much a sequel as it is a remix of the original...

When done right, shoot 'em ups (shmups) can really shine on portables. One such example is Space Bits [$0.99], a shooter that combines basic twitch action and an RPG-like loot table, and is perfect for small gaming sessions...

If you’ve ever built a car for a pinewood derby, then you probably know what I mean when I say having all the parts isn’t enough. Sure, you’ve got a piece of wood that kind of looks like a car and it has four wheels that spin, but you’re way back in last place while the rest of the heat is already at the end of the track. While your little block of sawdust chugs along, you wonder where you went wrong. You’ve got all the parts, after all. Is it not still a pinewood derby racer?..

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