Bang! in Review – Onomato-play-it-a-few-times-a

bang_pic1If you’re the type of gamer that just wants to jump into a game with no need for instruction, if you like no-strategy gameplay, if you like mindless button-mashing, if you like games that go on and on with no change and no real reward… Boy, do I have a game for you!

When I grabbed this game from the App Store, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. With an onomatopoeic name like “Bang!” how could you not be a little excited? Pressed the little Bang! icon and had to wait a little while the app was “Initializing.”

bang_pic2Oh man! Initializing! Any game that takes more than average time to load must be well worth the 10 second wait! I eagerly pressed the word START with no interest in the little info icon in the bottom corner.

bang_pic3“READY?” Tapped the screen and bombs immediately began falling from the sky. Quickly figured out that touching the bombs exploded them with the word BANG! popping up every time a bomb was detonated (reminding me of the old Batman television series where every punch or kick was accompanied by a BAM!, POW! or ZAP!). My mission was becoming clear to me; don’t let the bombs touch the bottom of the screen!

bang_pic4Every now and then an airplane would fly across the screen and it didn’t take me long to deduct that unlike the falling bombs, the airplanes needed more than a couple of taps to blow them up. As the levels increased, so did the number of bombs and the speed at which they were falling. By Level 5 it started to become clear that this was it, but I had to keep playing! Level 6… Level 7… Level 8… Level 9… done. Ok wait a minute, is that it? Yes. Sad but true, this game doesn’t hold much depth. Explode the bombs, and keeping doing the same until you reach the next level with more falling bombs to get rid of.

Unless you’re the type of gamer that enjoys games that really only hold your interest for several minutes, this game is definitely not for you. I played it twice, and finished it on the second go, never to be played again… Now available for $1.99!

App Summary
Title:Bang! (v1.1)Developer:Portable Hole Productions
Price:$1.99App Size:0.9 mb
  • Catchy Name
  • Simple graphics and sound
  • No depth
  • Very easy
  • raoupp

    It’s all about the highscores…

  • raoupp

    Also, did you scroll down the game instructions page? You would find out there’s a lot of achievements that makes this game pretty challenging. This is the first time I disagree strongly with your review.

  • chico

    Thanks for the feedback raoupp, and it’s unfortunate that you disgree with the review. Aside from the achievement of actually finishing the game, I achieved 2 of the 3 listed on the instructions page after only having had the game on my iPhone for 15 minutes.

    You also mentioned “highscores.” If there was some kind of global high score repository, one’s interest might be a little more captivated. That being said, it didn’t take me very long to figure out that I could run up the score in the lower levels by avoiding tapping the planes until I wanted to advance to the next level. The fact of the matter is, Bang! is missing plenty of things that could keep many interested for an extended period of time. For instance, having other objects aside from the bombs and planes. In contrast to that, perhaps objects that penalized you in some way for touching them. A pause button would be nice, and perhaps the ability to restart the game where you left off when interrupted by a phone call (I never have this problem with my PSP. Ha!).

  • Ben

    Well congrats for the achievements. Sure, it’s not hard to beat the game, but collect the stars after 15 minutes of playing?? Wow! For me it’s practically impossible to get more than one star and I have the game for more than a week… How did you do that? Did you use three fingers or something?

  • chico

    Thanks Ben! At first I was using both thumbs, but noticed that a couple of taps with my left thumb weren’t registering (probably has something to do with the callus on the tip of my thumb, possibly from over-gaming… but that’s a different review, and probably in a different blog). I then tried resting my iPhone on the table and went to town with both index fingers. I think my middle finger on my right hand may have jumped in a couple times to help also, so to answer your question, yes I may have used three fingers. :D

  • shigzeo

    Chico dude! You are new but already you gotses more commentsies than me! Welcome, nice review.

  • chico

    Thanks shigzeo. I made sure to read up on previous reviews on the site before giving it a go, and yours definitely helped.

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