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LOCK ‘N’ LOAD [IOS] – REVIEW (76%)

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

 

SHAUN THE SHEEP – FLEECE LIGHTNING [IOS] – REVIEW (78%)

Shaun the Sheep – Fleece Lightning is a racing dodge game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“An official Shaun the Sheep app from Aardman Animations. Let’s Race! Guide a turbo-charged Shaun the Sheep to victory against his farmyard foes, the naughty pigs in an epic Championsheep themed race known as Fleece Lightning! Race through over 80 farmyard courses, jam packed with jumps, tricky obstacles and awesome power-ups! Fleece Lightning is farmyard fun you won’t want to miss out on.”

First off the bat, I have to say, that as soon as I played the first level of this game I knew I had played this game before. After doing a bit of research I found I was effectively right. The same developers released a game call “Sheeple Chase” last year, and we reviewed it. This is basically the same game, that has been tweaked, reskined for Shaun the Sheep and made universal.

This application puts you in control of Shaun the sheep who is racing pigs through areas. The idea is to race through the level entering the gates at the end before the competition, else the gate is locked and you lose the race.

The game is played over various environment like “The Meadow”, “Veg Garden’ and “The Park”. The levels even though looking different are much the same, with walls, building, water, ramps and trees. There are often arrows on the ground to show were you need to go, but not always, leading to you slamming into walls as you did not get time to avoid them, this often means learning and replaying the level.

Fleece Lightning has lots of levels to offer, with 80 at time of release.

There is also a level creator for you to set up race courses to race through.

The game itself is simple to play with a selection of tilt or thumb controls. You dodge left or right and can tilt the device up or down to increase or decrease the speed.

The graphics and sounds are both very good. They certainly have the Shaun the Sheep look and feel. Fans of Shaun the Sheep will not be disappointed. 

On the upside:

  • Very playable race game
  • Level Creator.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive game play.
  • A re-skin and tweak of a year old app.

Overall, this is a good game, it is fun to play and is a nicely presented game. This is very much a casual game, one you pick up from time to time, to play a few quick levels, it is too repetitive to keep your interest more than 15-20 minutes at a time.

Rating: 78%

Size: 45.3MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Shaun the Sheep – Fleece Lightning – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

NINJA CAMP [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (69%)

Ninja Camp is a mix between Fruit Ninja and tap shooter game and is released by Caffeina Studio. 

“You always wanted to be a Ninja – and here is your opportunity! Join the Camp to challenge yourself and your reflexes! Be fast and focused while throwing your shuriken to hit objectives, resist as long as you can to increase your level, earn coins and power-up your Ninja!”

First off the bat, this is version 1.0.1. of the game, and it does something very strange on loading. It sits on a black screen for between 20 and 30 seconds with no sound or anything. Then the game main screen will load. What the game is doing in that time, who knows, but it will more than likely make you think it has crashed. It is not just the first time it loads, it is every time you load it.

The game puts you in control of a ninja who is doing his shuriken (ninja star) training.

You are given two modes to select from, “The Camp” which gives ongoing levels and the chance to level up and the Single Round mode which is a single level with a large number of shurikens and limited lives.

The idea of both modes are the same. Items are thrown onto the screen and your ninja needs to throw the shurikens at the object to get rid of them. If you miss an item, you will lose a life. There are also fireworks thrown onto the screen if you hit these then you will also lose a life. People who have played fruit ninja and similar games will get the idea immediately.

Rather than going for the swipe to break gameplay, this game has you tap the screen and the shuriken will fly in the direction of where you tapped. Therefore if an item is moving fast you will need to tap in front of its current location for a chance to hit it.

There are some power ups in the game, such as weapon, which allows you to throw more than one star at a time and speed. These power ups are lost when you make a mistake like hitting a firework or missing an item.

Your shuriken can break more than one item in its flight so you can clock up combos by hitting more than one item with one shot. This also means that you risk hitting a firework if it is on the same line.

As you advance in levels in the game you will gain coins to spend on short term power ups or for a lot of coins health gains etc. The coins are also gained by doing missions in the game (mission are basic like do a combo, throw 75 shurikens etc)

The graphics are good, but limited. There is no music and the sound effects are switched off, but there are reasonable.

On the upside:

  • Fast and Fun gameplay
  • Interesting twist on the game style.

On the downside:

  • Worrying black screen at start up, what is it doing in all that time.
  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • We have seen this all before.

Overall, the game is fun to play, but there is not much to keep you coming back for long. The coins would add something to the game, but are a little wasted on short term advances rather than unlocking something new. If it was not for the black screen on loading, I would say that some casual gamers would fine this game fun, but if you only have a few minutes to play you do not want to waste a minute of it just getting the game to load up and launch a game.

Rating: 69%

Size: 15.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Ninja Camp – Caffeina Studios

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

ROLLING JUMP [IPHONE] – REVIEW (71%)

Rolling Jump is a basic jump game released by Chugulu Games.

“Help Lighty save the light of the world by escaping from the dark evil creatures in this incredibly FUN and ADDICTING game! Simply jump from each wheel up into the sky and stars to protect the light of the world”

The basic idea of the game is that you are playing “Lighty” a small ball like alien who is heading to the sky to escape the darkness that is climbing after him and to save the world. The game is played by jumping from one Wheel to the next as you try and get as high into the sky as possible.

This game reminded my very heavily of Jump O’ Clock which Glu released around a year ago, and the game play is very similar.

Tapping the screen will make Lighty jump in the direction that he is are currently facing and hopefully he will land on the next Wheel. That’s it, pure and simple.

Additional dangers are added to the game as some of the wheel have bouncy goo/slime on the surface and other such as baloons that annoyingly drift into your way when jumping.

There are some lights/suns to collect in the game and they can be used to activate a super boost that will send you upwards for a fair way.

The graphics and sound are both good, with a nice graphical style.

On the upside:

  • Fast and furious gameplay.
  • Cute main character.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Lacking in power ups.
  • I would have liked to seen more dangers added.

Overall, this is a good game for the casual gamers. It is simple to play and you can quick learn how the game works. It is not the most original game, but at least it has learnt from similar games taking the best parts of them. I would have liked to have seen a little more variety in the game, like spikes, different enemies, rather than trying to maximise your score with multipliers. At present the app is £1.49, which it is probably worth. There is a lite version available on the app store to try before you buy.

Rating: 71%

Size: 17.2 MB

Link: Rolling Jump – Chugulu Games

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

SKETCH FLIER HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Sketch Flier HD is a retro style shooter released by Rockus Studios, LLC.

“Those airplane sketches you drew in class instead of paying attention have come alive. Fly your plane, shoot targets, collect gold, and buy bigger guns. What’s that? You drew unicorns dancing on rainbows in your notebook? Well, unicorns aren’t real.”

Sketch Flier HD is a retro style shooter much in the mode of Galaga and similar game with wave after wave of enemies sweeping around the screen.

The game has wave after wave of targets crossing and falling down the screen, they can be various colours, the colour tells you how many shots it will take to break, and it will change colour as you hit it. After several waves the level will end and you will have need to got the number of hits set by the level target, else it is game over.

As you progress through the game, it pauses at the end of each level so you can buy upgrades, but you can pause the game at any time to purchase as well. There are 9 upgrades in all and if you have reasonable collecting the coins you should be able to fully upgrade by the end of level 8.

Gameplay wise, the game plays smoothly and is nicely drawn. The attack waves change a little adding more targets and even boxes that are hard to break.

The main problem I have with the game is there is no feeling of danger, as nothing in the game can harm you, If can sit in the middle of an attack way on top of all the targets just firing into it. Coins will automatically drag into you and your hit counter just clocks up. The first time I played the game I tried to play like a traditional shooter avoiding the targets and did not do to well, on the second play I worked out the technique and got to level 8. The third time, I completed the game fully upgraded.

The game is controlled by tilting or tap (dragging the pilot with your finger), the plane automatically fires.

The graphics are functional with a hand drawn look. There is no sound or music.

On the upside:

  • A fun shooter.

On the downside:

  • Nothing in the game can hurt your ship, so no feeling of danger.
  • No sound or music.
  • Only 9 power ups and 9 levels.
  • Very repetitive gameplay.
  • I finished level 9 the second time around by letting go of the Touchpad, and it won on its own.

Overall, this is a good shooter, but also sadly disappointing. To finish a shooter on the third attempt and be totally powered up just left me feeling the game was far to limited. This game really needed more upgrades and at least something that was a danger to the plane, rather than a hit total. You may find some enjoyment from this game, but it will be short lived at best. At the £1.59 price tag I find this game very hard to recommend.

Rating: 68%

Size: 7.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.59

Link: Sketch Flier HD – Rockus Studios, LLC

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS