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LOCK ‘N’ LOAD [IOS] – REVIEW (76%)

25 Apr

Lock ‘n’ Load is a twin stick shooter released by Chillingo Ltd.

“Once upon a time, there was an evil little girl whose goal was to conquer the world…now it’s up to you to grab your gun and save the day. Get ready to blow some crazed creeps away in Lock ‘n’ Load, a twin-stick shooter packed to the brim with style and substance. “

This application gives you control of a retired gentleman, a man fighting a one man war against the enemy who have destroyed the flower beds outside his house, to do this he ofcourse needs to put on his Jason style mask. You travel through 16 campaign levels and will have to try and stop the evil little girl who is bringing misery to the world.

The game play is very simple. One stick to move, and one stick to fire. When you gain additional weapons buttons will become active near the shooter stick offer a quick change to the other weapons. However, the default weapon seems to be just as effective as the other weapons that you pick up.

Weapons include shotguns, chainsaws and other horror movie favorites.

As well as the campaign there are additional levels to unlock in two other modes “Call of Minions” and Challenges. These both need to be unlocked with in game money to play, and if you do not have enough in game money you can pay real world cash to get them. Disappointingly, the challenges are locked until you get all three gifts on a level, but once you have them you still have to pay the money to open it.

The first levels in the campaign are generally very short, using a locking off mechanic to hold you in a section until you have killed all the bad guys before moving on. Add time to the level without adding to the size. The maze level for example like very small physically.

The game is control with twin stickers, you can select during the tutorial “home level” whether to switch to auto aim, that removes the need for one stick. The single stick works OK most of the time, but you will sometimes find yourself shooting an enemy that is not the one you wanted to shoot first.

There is no Multiplayer on offer, that has been available on similar titles like Guerilla Bob.

The graphics and sound are both good, lots of your favorite horror characters made it into this game like scream, zombies, Jason and many more. The graphics have a blocky, low res feel and lack in animation at time, I believe this is the feel that the developers are aiming at, but sometimes it feels a little unpolished.

On the upside:

  • Memorable hero.
  • Generally fast paced action.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive action.
  • Currently has a crashing issue on some devices, but the developers are fixing.
  • Adverts for other Chillingo games on the main screen, a shame for a paid app.

Overall, this is a solid twin stick shooter with some humour along the way (more for horror fans). There are lots of twin stick shooters out there for iOS. The dark humour of the game manages to drag it just above some of the competition, but the gameplay really is your standard fare. For me, there is a bit too much of a push to the “unlock now” mentality here.

Rating: 81%

Size: 246 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Lock ‘n’ Load – Chillingo Ltd

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

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