Category Archives: Shooter

'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Some iOS games look outdated.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?..

'DOT Space Hero' Review - A Stunning Tribute to the 16-Bit SHMUP

Let me come right out and say it - it's games like DOT Space Hero [$1.99] that are the reason I love iOS gaming. As you know, the beauty of the App Store is that practically anyone can release a game. Sure, while 99.9% of the titles released are nothing more than boiled cabbage covered in burnt hair, every once and a while, there is a true (cue incredibly overused descriptive noun) gem...

When Deus Ex: The Fall [$6.99] released last month, it blew the minds of a lot of people by offering a very Deus Ex experience in a very mobile package. It also tied into the world and story of the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution on consoles and PC as well as that game's prequel novel 'Deus Ex: Icarus Effect', making it a real treat for fans of the series who were really engrossed in the universe. Also, it was just a damn fun shooter in its own right, though a bit short. We really enjoyed The Fall in our review and are very much looking forward to more content...

Kerosene Games knows how to make a visually-gorgeous game; Bounty Arms [$4.99] is proof of it. But graphics never make up for the rest of a game’s short-comings, and when the shine of the polygons wear-off so does the hypnosis. Sure, Bounty Arms is gorgeous and resides with a charming art-direction, but not much more than that...

As a child I remember playing Galaxian several times. Each time I think I reached as far as a few levels in and then failed. It was a fun distraction but the arcade formula never struck a chord with me.  Understandably I approached Chillaxian [$1.99], by Madgarden, with caution. Can this part spiritual successor/part parody win me over on this classic genre?..

Hey, you! Are you pumped to play another game about mowing down hordes of the undead? No? Well, how about if we change it to undead vegetables? Still no? Well, that's the pickle Bloody Harry [Free], a new side-scrolling shoot/beat-em-up from FDG Entertainment, finds itself in. We've seen countless games of this type already, from the popular Zombieville USA [$0.99] to the Russian-flavored Moscow Dash [$0.99]. Bloody Harry doesn't really put anything new on the menu, but it sure knows how to arrange the old ingredients in a very satisfying way...

Freebie Alert: 'Minigore 2: Zombies' Goes Free to Celebrate 4-year Anniversary of the Original 'Minigore'

Last December, Mountain Sheep took everything good about their cult-classic dual-stick shooter Minigore [Free / $1.99 (HD)] and expanded on it for a sequel. The result was the familiar arena-based shooting we all knew and loved spiced up with more enemies, more crazy weaponry, more playable characters, more... of just everything...

One of the best recent surprises was when an iOS port of Digital Reality's visually impressive shooter Sine Mora [$5.99] popped up on the App Store earlier this month. Critically acclaimed when it launched early last year on XBLA and later on Steam and PSN, the iOS version retained just about everything that the original did, earning it a high mark in our own review...

As a hobbyist Unity3D developer myself, I often frequent the forums over there and have been keeping a close eye on Futuridium EP [$1.99]. From the screen grabs that the developers uploaded from WIP versions of the game, I knew that this title was going to be something a little bit special...

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