Doom is without a doubt an iconic game, truly bringing to life the genre of First-Person Shooters pioneered by Wolfenstein 3D. In this light it’s even more interesting that the first reincarnation of the legendary franchise on the mobile platform turned out to be a Turn-Based Action/RPG adaptation. Of course, the iDevice is home to DOOM Resurrection – an on-rail-shooter and a port of the original DOOM Classic , but still, this unique variation on the universe has graced the App Store as well in DOOM II RPG.
The genre of dual-stick shooters is so crowded at this point that to even be noticed, a game must really make itself stand out. Developers attempt various ways of doing so, trying different themes, gameplay features and bonuses. Those over at Blue Shadow Games have really gone all out with this regard and actually bundled 3 different games under one title that is DEATH COP – Mechanical Unit.
One of the areas where the App Store has definitely been a pleasant surprise for me is games tied to various movie and animated franchises. The iDevice has a good number of those in all genres, from Sherlock Holmes Mysteries in adventure to Spartacus: Blood and Sand (TMA Review) in fighting, from TRANSFORMERS G1: AWAKENING (TMA Review) in strategies to one of the best Action games of all time on the platform – Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. And now a recent, but successful Italian animated series – Huntik: Secrets & Seekers has just released a companion game – Titan Defence.
Augmented reality applications debuted almost a year ago, shortly after the iOS 3.1 update went live. Designed only for the 3GS and above, they brought the world as the futurists envisioned one step closer to reality. The apps themselves, however, still have a long way to go. We saw a few augmented reality navigation apps and several shooting range games, though that’s about it. Until now that is! An indie developer known as int13 has recently released ARDefender – a full blown castle defence style title using augmented reality technology.
Call of Duty: Zombies (previously known as Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies) was a surprise release back in late autumn 2009. To all of you not in the know, CoD Zombies is the hidden gameplay mode of the full-scale Call of Duty: World at War, where you have to hold of wave after wave of zombies coming at your bunker. I very much enjoyed the game, as I pointed out in my review:
In short, Activision threw in the pot the simple and addictive gameplay, lots of weapons, great graphics and performance, excellent controls that will satisfy all tastes, topped it with multiplayer, online leaderboards and achievements and have essentially cooked up a masterpiece. Using the tilt controls, twisting my iPhone left and right and frantically avoiding the zombies was probably the most fun I’ve had with an iPhone game for a long time. The only downer is the $9.99 price tag, but the game is more than worth it.
Prince of Persia is arguably one of the most renowned games ever. Even more importantly – it’s one of the more successful remakes of any franchises on the PC. And a few months ago the famous franchise started it’s triumphant stroll across the iOS platform with the release of both the classic Prince of Persia® Retro and a full-featured port of the PS2 version of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. So how do the adventures of the Prince translate to the touchscreen?
The App Store is devoid of any really notable games in the Horror genre. Only a few developers have been able to convey the atmosphere through the small screen of the iPhone and truly succeed in instilling the feeling of terror. What’s even more interesting is the fact that all of them are indie, with such famous franchises as Resident Evil 4 or SILENT HILL The Escape (US) failing to even scare a 2 year old on the platform. The most notable ones who managed the feat are the king of our The App Store’s Best Adventure in the Action/Adventure genre Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review) and the original interactive movie Hysteria Project (TMA Review). And just recently a new entry in the genre has arrived by the curious name of The Crimsons.
I’m not a big fan of first person shooters, but I do like the occasional action game, so options like the Time Crisis series fit the bill nicely. The iDevice is the perfect portable platform for such games as well, since the touch screen does a decent job of simulating the light gun control. FPS purists will most likely cringe at this game since they don’t get the control they think they need, but for people like me who need a bit more structured chaos, TIME CRISIS 2ND STRIKE works perfectly.
With so many dual-stick shooters out there it’s more and more difficult for a newbie to get spotted. Some developers stake on marketing, others on features, while some simply hope for the best and send their creation off to follow fate’s will. Which one is Creatures – THE FIRST BLOOD from playus soft, one of the most recent additions to the genre?
SEED 1 – RISE OF DARKNESS (TMA Review) tried to reach for the crown of the Action/RPG genre back in late 2009. Released under Chillingo, it offered several interesting features, including the ability to switch between classes at any point in the game. However it was crippled by the developer’s attempt to squeeze more money out of the players using in-app purchases (IAP), offering the gamers special items that could not be acquired using other means in order to “help ease the gameplay”. In reality some of them were essential to avoid significant frustration which couldn’t help but influence the ratings, which in turn led to the eventual re-release of the game as FREE and an additional release of SEED 1 Gold Edition without IAP. And now the sequel is live on the App Store, let’s see if SEED 2 manages to overcome some of its previous shortcomings.