Developer: 3D Magic
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Assault Commando is an average shooter that falls flat in some critical places. The basic idea behind the game is that you are a soldier that is on a mission to kill all the bad guys on the screen. There is a back story, but it is basically non-existent. All you need to know is that nothing is safe, and everything must die.

Armed with a slew of weapons, including rocket launchers and machine guns, you march through the enemy troops, killing all in your path. Instead of being a dual stick shooter, like most games in the “kill everything” genre, Assault Commando only uses one, forcing you to only fire where you are aiming.

The downfall of the game, the reason that it isn’t a top tier shooter, can all be summed up in the recap of the first vehicle mission.

The mission starts with you in an APC, armed with a rocket launcher and a machine gun. The game auto-drives for you, so all you have to do is kill things. Easy enough, right?

So you drive down the path and see a bunker. Just aim and tap on the rocket button and the bunker is dead. The explosion was nice and your need for destruction will be slightly quenched. Then you get to three enemy soldiers which are firing from off of the screen. You can’t dodge them because you’re not the one driving, so you just take a few shots until you see them. Once they show up, you fire your machine gun at their tiny frame because the rockets fly right past them. Since the spray of the machine gun is so slow, it takes more time and causes more damage to fight them than when you have to fight the rapid fire bunkers. Worst of all, when the enemy finally dies, he simply vanishes. No blood, no dead body, just gone.

Games like this rely on details to get them by, and weak machine gun fire coupled almost unrecognizably small and equally hard to hit enemies that vanish when they die are kind of lame. Show me some blood, give me some better weapon spray — I want action!

Assault Commando is an alright shooter, just know that there are better (and cheaper) titles in the App Store.

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