Category Archives: Shooter

After a soft launch period that began in February, Gameloft's free-to-play class-based shooter Blitz Brigade [Free] has now been officially launched in the App Store. Originally announced in January, Blitz Brigade feels like the lovechild of Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield Heroes. It's a lighthearted kind of game, as opposed to the gritty, realistic nature of most shooters nowadays. Despite not being an entirely original concept, I'm actually surprised with how much fun Blitz Brigade has been so far...

We've been following along with the development of iMech Online [Free] since its first unveiling at WWDC last year, and over the weekend the game quietly launched for free in the App Store. Actually, to back up a bit, iMech was a game originally released way back in 2009 and was among the first iOS games to feature full competitive online multiplayer for up to 8 players. It was extremely impressive for the time, and iMech accumulated a dedicated fanbase of online players...

'Gun Commando' Offers Both a Familiar and Fresh First-person Shooter Experience

Earlier this month we told you that Gun Commando, a retro-styled first-person shooter previously released on PlayStation Mobile devices, was on its way to the App Store, and it's worming its way through international markets as we speak and should land in the US later tonight. I've been toying around with Gun Commando for a bit and so far it's pretty much what I expected: a simple, but fun, frag-a-thon that's a real throwback to the early days of FPS games...

'House of the Dead: Overkill - The Lost Reels' - Sega's Classic Arcade Shooter Comes to the Touchscreen

Back in the late '90s, Sega's House of the Dead was one of the most popular games in arcades. It let you team up with a buddy, each with brightly-colored plastic guns in your hands, and lay waste to hordes of the undead. How could it not be popular?..

The retro game porting experts at DotEmu have brought all sorts of classics to the iOS platform in impressive fashion, and this past December they gave us the landmark scrolling shooter Raiden along with some of its sequels in one tight little package called Raiden Legacy [$4.99]. And for the first time since launch Raiden Legacy is on sale for just a couple of dollars, down from its normal price of $4.99...

Remember that tech-demo-y not-quite-a-game game Aves (Which has since been removed from the App Store) released in late 2009? It was a game with (then) great graphics, a really cool physics model, and a ultra-basic gameplay mechanic that just centralized around shooting a bow and arrow. Well, The Legend of Holy Archer [Free] takes that similar vibe and just runs with it, and keeps running, all the way to super-epic archery land where you're put to the task of firing arrows at huge monsters in several fantasy environments...

Sure, you might think you're a old school mobile phone gamer if you have fond memories of Nokia Snake, but the real cool kids were busy playing Space Impact [$0.99]. It was available on the Nokia 3310, the 5210, that weird sideways 5510, and a ton of those other bulletproof Nokia phones that seemed to have a battery that lasted for ages compared to modern smartphones. There's been a number of sequels and spinoffs over time, but Space Impact is the core game that every real Nokia gamer knew by heart...

While we're checking out the onslaught of scheduled weekly releases which will be hitting later tonight, there's actually a new game which you can play right now which dropped ahead of the pack. It's called Fangz [$2.99 / $2.99] from two-man developer Game Whizzes, and it's a weapons-based beat 'em up that features vampires. Nice to see something other than zombies, you know?..

Coming Tonight: Mow Down Swaths of Zombies in 'R.I.P. Rally', a Free to Play Arena Vehicular Combat Game

Of course it wouldn't be a Wednesday without a Chillingo game, and tonight's title seems to be R.I.P. Rally, a rare free to play game in Chillingo's typically fairly "premium" lineup. I dig the premise of the game, which is laid out in an entirely text-less comic book page showing your car (with a giant gun mounted on top) being heli-dropped into a massive arena of zombies. I think the easiest way to describe R.I.P. Ralley is to take the vibe of those arena levels in Twisted Metal, throw in a dash of Smash TV, replace all enemies with zombies, then apply a heavy glaze of free to play on top...

Those of you who weren't born with a smartphone in your hands might recall the simpler days of video games. How simple? I'm talking stick figures, backgrounds painted in one, maybe two shades of color, and jarringly loud bleeps that passed as sound effects. Some of these games were awful. Others stand as classic examples of gameplay over graphics, a no-frills approach often lost in the desperate struggle to produce photorealistic graphics, and realistic physics, and realistic bleeps...

Foursaken Media's Block Fortress [$1.99] is one of those games that could last you forever. It plops you into a Minecraft-like block-based sandbox, tasks you with creating the most impenetrable fortress possible out of those blocks, and then sends wave after wave of enemies in to see if your creation will indeed stand up to the test. Oh, and while these enemies are attacking you're thrust face-first into the action by dropping into your created map in first-person mode, allowing you to help blast away at the baddies yourself. It's pretty great stuff...

In a vaguely RAGE-like post-apocalyptic future where some sort of weird manmade oil has the power to turn dudes into zombies, a gigantic uh-oh sort of oil spill ends up turning a lot of dudes into zombies. So much for warning labels, right? These zombies ain't your usual type of brain-diggers, either; their desire seems to revolve around beating folks up and then dragging them into the magical sludge, which now covers a tiny island chain you'll be exploring in DeNA's upcoming free-to-play first-person shooter The Drowning...

Wii Rails Shooter 'House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels' Headed to iOS Soon

Sporting an overall sore of 78 on Metacritic, Sega's House of the Dead: Overkill is on its way to mobile in the not too distant future. Like similar House of the Dead titles, gameplay revolves around mowing down loads of bloodthirsty zombies. This time around, Overkill explains the origin story, revealing the "horrific truth" behind the origins of the House of the Dead...

GDC 2013: 'Vitamin Z' Is A Neat Fixed Position Shooter

Namaza Studios's Vitamin Z is one of those fixed position dual-stick shooters. In the game, you play as a girl armed a wild assortment of weapons. The goal is to keep waves of zombie vegetables and fruit (yep!) from reaching a centralized platform. Along the way, you'll pick up power-ups and earn currency to upgrade your guns and power-ups. ..

GDC 2013: A Quick Look At 'Dead Squared,' An FPS Rogue-like

End Boss Games's Dead Squared (working title) is an interesting FPS. It's a rogue-like with DOOM sensibilities that tasks you with killing monsters across a bunch of randomly generated rooms. There's a generous loot component, too, that'll have you picking up a bunch of weapons and crafting power-ups from component parts dropped from the monsters that roam the game's halls. We've got some footage of it below:..

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