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?
Talk a out a walk on the old school side. After toggling R TYPE’s icon, I was treated to the most embarrassing flashbacks of bad hairdo’s, rebellious clothes, and Kurt Cobain’s whiny trill. Yep, back when R TYPE was en rage on the SNES, I was a very dedicated teenager. I also happened to sneak my way into friends’ houses to blow things up on screen since I just didn’t have a SNES. Thanks to Electronic Arts, however, R TYPE, the virtual time machine, is hot in the hands of wanna-be teenagers the world over!
The AppStore is teaming with dual-stick shooters of all kinds. In such a competitive market it’s quite difficult to get a sufficient foothold in the genre, especially with most titles at the rock bottom price of $0.99. Despite this ZENUXLAB have joined the ranks of indie teams reaching for the gold with the release of SurvivorX ambitiously dubbed “best dual stick arcade kill’em-all game”.
Open-world space shooting/trading games have not had much of a track record on the iDevice. On the upside there are the excellent Warpgate (TMA Review) and Space Miner: Space Ore Bust (TMA Review), though the former can’t really be called a space shooter and the latter isn’t quite open world. The title that could most closely fit the bill is Flatspace (TMA Review) but the poor interface pushes the game under. And now Sad Cat Software, authors of the highly acclaimed Project Phoenix (TMA Review) have released Ultraviolet Dawn to claim the genre for their own. Can they succeed?
I don’t do it every time, but more often than not when I’m reviewing a vertical scroller I’ll reference 1942. After all, this was one of my favorites in the genre when I was growing up, and it’s still fun to play today when I come across it in an arcade. With such fond memories of this game I was nervous about playing the iPhone version, afraid that it might not live up to my expectations, especially from what I read about the controls. Turns out the controls seem to work just fine. Unfortunately, I’m not sure the game behind it is worth controlling.
From Foursaken Media comes N.Y. Zombies, another 3D over the shoulder zombie killing fest. This one takes more of the Zombieland approach to storytelling and game play, where a strange something is turning everyone into zombies and you set out to discover what’s going on. I like the fact that even though you play the game from a fixed position you still progress through different areas so it feels like the situation is always changing. I’m not very good at this type of game, so the 360 degree playing field can be a bit much for me at times, but overall this is quite an enjoyable romp and further cements my desires to be a zombie slayer when I grow up (just kidding, because zombies were people once too, you know).
Ahoy, landlubbers! In the game for some booty? Me and some fellow gentlemen o’ fortune found this ole treasure map lying around and are planning to go hunting for it! And a couple of me hearties – Guerrilla Bob and John Gore – have recommended you as a reliable mate to accompany us. Beware, though, some lily-livered sprogs say there’s a curse be placed on said booty. But those child’s tales are not going to stop such swashbuckling buccaneers like us, right? Arrrgh!
Zombie games are in abundance on the AppStore and vary from simple shooters and other types of casual madness to Action/RPGs to the quite complex tower defence genre. At the same time few of the lot are really worth noting with a lot of developers using the theme to disguise poor artistry or simply a lack of imagination. Is the latest addition to the genre – Zombie Shock worth any special attention? Let’s find out…
I’m still on a quest to find the ultimate scrolling shooter for the iPhone, and so far my top choice doesn’t even have a full version available! So the real question is – where does Assault Squadron rank in my search? Well, it’s definitely not the ultimate shooter. It’s fun, but a bit too short. It also doesn’t push some of it’s concepts as far as it could. I think there’s a lot of potential for the game, but at the moment it rises above but doesn’t tower over mediocrity.