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DEER HUNTER: AFRICAN SAFARI [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (74%)

Deer Hunter: Africian Safari is a virtual hunting game released by Glu Mobile.

“The most realistic mobile hunting franchise returns with an all new adventure: Deer Hunter: African Safari! Travel to African countries such as Namibia, Cameroon and Tanzania to bag exotic big game: Lion, Buffalo, Kudu, and even the mighty Rhinoceros!”

This game gives you the feeling on being on a hunting trip in Africa, with not risk of hurting real animals.

Once you start your hunt you are soon a big map. Select the area you wish to hunt and which weapon (this is limited to one of each at the start of the game), then explore the overhead map and locate the various african animals.

Once an animal is found then game changes to the hunting mode, with the gun scopes. You aim at the animal (using a scope if you have it) and you can steady yourself for a shot. You do not want to wait too long else the anilmals may be spooked.

As you progress in the game you will be offered more places to hunt and be able to obtain and use the better weapons.

The graphics of the animal are very good and the landscape is also well done. The sound does give the feeling of being on safari.

On the upside:

  • A good playable hunting game.
  • No real animal are hurt in the process (hunting elephants is bad… OK).

On the downside:

  • Limited gameplay, explore, hunt and shoot… repeat
  • The game can be a little slow to unlock new features.

Overall, this is another good hunting game from Glu. If you have been a fan of Deer Hunter in the past then this one is well worth a look, for others this is for a niche market and may not appeal.

Rating: 74%

Size: 159.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £3.98

Link:  Deer Hunter: African Safari – Glu Mobile

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Game - F.P.S., Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

CONTRACT KILLER: ZOMBIE [IOS] – REVIEW (75%)

Contract Killer: Zombies is a freemium zombie defense game released by Glu.

This game puts you in control of the wheelchair bond “Shooter” who is given various missions to defend a girl who is collecting food and supplies for them both to survive in this Zombie Apocalypse.

When I downloaded I believed this would be another sniping game, like the original Contract Killer, however, this one is far closer to the action.

The idea behind the game is you give a map of the city and several missions you can try and complete. These are generally collect supplies, rescue survivors and killing zombies. You click on the mission you wish to try. It shows the rewards and the recommended weapon and you select play.

Gameplay wise, you have two weapons that you can switch between, and you have to defend any humans in the area. There are some explosive barrels around the level to help you out, as long as you do not explode them close to a human. You will face wave after wave of Zombies until the mission is completed.

As you progress in the game you are awarded XP and money to spend on weapons, however, after the first four or five missions the recommended weapon becomes something you are still well short of buying. You cannot reply missions to get more cash, you need to move onto harder and harder missions without a proper weapon to do it.

You end up taking long range shots with a pistol, as the snipe rifle is still out of your reach financially, unless you spend real world money to top up your funds. However, in game cash is very expensive in real world cash. £2.99 buys you 10,000 in game money (about 1 or 2 guns.) So be prepared to fork out a lot of cash if you want to go far on this game.

The application is controlled moving the gun sights with you finger and then pressing on screen buttons to zoom in, switch weapons and fire the weapon.

The sound and graphics are both good.

On the upside:

  • Well designed game of shot and defend.
  • Nice presentation.
  • Universal application.

On the downside:

  • Very repetitive gameplay
  • Difficulty increases faster than your in-game cash ever will.

Overall, this is a good little game, however, the game advances in difficulty a lot faster than the money you will be able to earn, almost forcing you into the in-app purchase to by the extra firepower to survive. Glu again have created a good game and then dog-legged it with a harsh in-app purchase model.

Rating: 75%

Size: 326 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium [in-app purchases for more cash and gold.)

Link: Contract Killer: Zombies – Glu Games Inc.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Game - F.P.S., iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

SHADOWGUN [IOS] – REVIEW (82%)

Shadow Gun is a Gears of War style shooter released by Madfinger Games.

“SHADOWGUN puts you into the role of John Slade, the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter. Your mission: hunt down Dr. Edgar Simon, maniacal genius and leader of his own mutant army. Infiltrate Dr. Simon’s mountain fortress and fight his personal guard of cyborgs, battle droids, and genetically-enhanced humanoids. Using state-of-the-art weaponry, ships, and the assistance of S.A.R.A.—Slade’s personal android assistant—SHADOWGUN combines intense tactical combat with 3rd person action. “

The game does really feel like a Gears of War game in both the way it looks and the way that it plays. This is not such a bad thing as Gears of War is a great game, and Gameloft have been doing the same thing for year.

The game has you moving through areas hiding automatically behind cover as you touch it and then shooting the bad guys as they either hide behind cover themselve or stand in the open waiting for you to shoot them. Your cover can be damaged so you need to move onto the next piece of cover or be injured. If you died mid point in a level then depending on the last save checkpoint you can find yourself playing for several minutes to get back to the location you died in.

There are various guns to use along the way, but like many such games the default weapon will get the job done.

The game has some hidden extras in game that can be picked up and then viewed in the extras section. Most of these add to the history line and background, rather than adding to the game play.

Surprisingly, this is only a single player game, I had been expecting Multiplayer to be an option, so my hope is that a Multiplayer will be added later.

The game is controlled by a virtual joystick for moving and then swiping the screen to look around and then there are buttons for firing the gun etc.

The graphics are excellent being a challenger for Infinity Blade and Rage. The music is reasonable but not great.

On the upside:

  • Amazing Graphics.
  • A real console feel.
  • Nice boss encounters.

On the downside:

  • Memory hungry, lower end devices will crash or have issues loading.
  • Short and linear Campaign.
  • Dumb AI which makes some encounters dull.

Overall, this is a great game. This is really showing what the iOS devices can achieve and what we can look to expect from A list titles in the future. This game is let down a little by the lack of multiplayer, dumb AI and repetitive gameplay. Some of these issues can be fixed with updates and I hope that Madfinger add them. For now, I am looking forward to ShadowGun 2 when the lessons from this one have been learnt.

Rating: 82%

Size: 219 MB

Price (at time of review): £5.49

Link: SHADOWGUN – MADFINGER Games, a.s.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Game - F.P.S., iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

PORTAL OF PRAVEUS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (64%)

Portal of Praveus is a Quake/Hexen style first person shooter released by Studio 3D.

“Portal of Praveus is a fantasy and adventure first person shooter featuring single player and multiplayer game modes, as well as four character classes to choose from, each with different abilities. These included the offensive Paladin, the defensive Crusader, the spell-casting Necromancer, the stealthy Assassin, and the powerful Demoness.”

Portal of Praveus offers a singe player mode or a multiplayer mode, but a lack of players and poor controls means that Single Player is your best option.

The game is played over four areas that can be selected as starting points (Catacombs, Tulku, False Temple and the Town.)

The application appears to be running a linex emulator with the Touchpad controls and interface shoe horned on top.

The graphics and sound are generally very good, however, the game is dark, so you will need to bring your brightness up to maximum to see some of the areas.

My biggest complain about the game are the controls. It feels like the developers do not own a Touchpad and have only played their game on a PC emulator with Keyboard and Mouse. If they had played on the Touchpad they never would have released the game in its current state. Sometimes turning 180 degress to look behind you takes 2 seconds, which is unforgivable in a FPS game.

On the upside:

  • Nice graphics
  • Multiplayer options are available.

On the downside:

  • The Controls are terrible. Looking is slow and in-effective, it can take 2 seconds to turn 180 degrees which is fatal in an FPS.
  • Help file refers to Demon King, another game by the same company.
  • Crashed out on me.

Overall, this is a reasonable old school style first person shooter under it all and fans of Hexen and Quake may find something to like here. However, for me, until the controls are sorted out in one way or another, the game is fatally flawed and cannot be recommended. Hopefully a future update will fix it.

Version: 1.0.1

Rating: 64%

Size: 146.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Portal of Praveus – Studio 3D

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Game - F.P.S., Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

9MM [IOS] – REVIEW (81%)

9mm is an mix of action adventure and reaction tests released by Gameloft.

This game puts you into the shoes of John “Loose” Cannon a leader of a special team of hardened cops who are trying to clean up the streets. However, after a drug bust Kannon finding himself in big trouble with a drug lord, and neither are going to fight legally.

On the story line I have to make a point, we do not know Kannon, and the first thing we see him do is sell drug money to help fight crime. I would have liked to have seen this later in the game, after Kannon is being pushed to fight dirty to help other.

The game offers a single player campaign, this contains 12 levels of story. 

The campaign missions are very linear with really only one route to complete the area.

After playing for the game for about two hours I had found I had nearly finished the campaign, and really disliked the Kannon character. There is next to nothing to like about the character, he is the dark hero character, but I found myself annoying. In game all you really hear him say is his catchphase “Cannons for Kannon.” continually. 

The Multiplayer side is really the mainstay of the game. With both online and local games (bluetooth or Wi-Fi)options. You can create your own game options or you can join a game that other people have set up, the options are a little limited. The multi-player needs better balancing as you can be matched at level 1 against a heavily armed and armoured level 50 and some camping of spawn spots. Another thing is that although you get coins during the game, they can be purchased for real cash to. So if you are willing to splash so real cash you can enter the online mode with some of the best equipment going.

The default game controls are split into two. The main game enigine with you having a virtual joystick to move and then you use your finger to move the view (and target enemies) with onscreen buttons to fire, switching weapons and the “Bullet Time”. The other are the QuickTime events (Shenmue for Dreamcast was the first big name title to use this) where you have to tap or swipe of word / icons that appear at random locations on the screen, needing to do them in time, or have to retry again from the last checkpoint.

The graphics and sound are generally very good. Some of the character graphics look a bit deformed, but these are normally from the close ups.

On the upside:

  • Good FPS action
  • Lag Free online gaming

On the downside:

  • The “QuickTime” actions come far to often for me.
  • Campaign is short (around 3 hours to finish)
  • Controls need a few tweaks.
  • Minor Bugs

Overall, this game is good, but the campaign side of it disappoints. I am not a big fan of “quicktime” tests, and a large part of the campaign is made up of them, I found it worst when the two modes were mixed. The multi-player gives additional life to the game but tweaks are needed to this (balancing levels and camping). If you like the limited gameplay then you will enjoy this game, but I prefer Gamelofts other titles like Gangstar: Miami Vindication or Modern Combat.

Rating: 81%

Size: 720 MB (1.4GB when installed)

Price (at time of review): £4.99

Link: 9mm – Gameloft