Developer: Gameloft
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

013Blitz Brigade – Online multiplayer shooting action! is a free-to-play first-person shooter that brings fast-paced online multiplayer action to the app store. It features two team-based gameplay modes, Domination and Deathmatch, with up to 12 players. There are 5 classes with multiple weapons to unlock and upgrade as players level up, though all weapons can be purchased through in-app purchases. Players go to battle for either the Axis or the Allies while showing the enemy who’s boss by pressing a taunt button after a kill.

Blitz Brigade is addictively fun and handles rather well for a dual stick touch control game. It’s still far from perfect and can sometimes be frustrating when trying to line up an enemy. With a little help from auto-aim, it’s not often players mess up and completely miss an opponent, though it can happen. Players are going to spend time adjusting the sensitivity to find their preferences, though.

While people can purchase a more damaging weapon right from the beginning, they don’t need to purchase the higher class weapons to play well. Learn the game, the maps, and typical player routes and the better player comes out on top. Now, just imagine how great a good player would be with a purchased weapon, or wait until they level up all the way.

I found the connection to handle surprisingly well to support fairly smooth gameplay. There are still moments of lag and some games are worse than others, but for the most part of my 150+ matches, I have nothing to truly complain about as far as connection issues go.

009Unfortunately, there are only four maps available, two big and two small, and that’s something that needs to be increased, quickly. Thankfully, they are exciting maps with a variety of ways to play them. The two bigger maps in domination mode have vehicles for players to use, including tanks and helicopters, offering an additional component to the gameplay that isn’t in the small deathmatch maps.

Besides multiplayer, Blitz Brigade offers 120 missions of single player training. Each mission has players fighting off waves of enemies and shooting additional objects like coins, hats, and birds to collect bonus points. It’s pretty enjoyable and provides for a somewhat difficult challenge as well. Missions have players sniping from a balcony, sitting on a gun turret, and running around a small area while shooting every enemy to earn a maximum number of points.

Blitz Brigade is a lot of fun for a short outing, especially with both single player missions and multiplayer. However, because of the limited content, players will quickly grow tired with the lack of availability in multiplayer. Free or paid, Blitz Brigade desperately needs more maps, gameplay modes, and overall customization, otherwise it won’t take long for players to lose their interest in the game.

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