Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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You know Rustin Beaver, right? Teenage singer adored by millions? You think I mean Justin Beiber, but I don't. I'm talking about one of the celebrities in Celebrity Bodyguard and you need to protect Mr Beaver no matter what. It's not just Rustin Beaver you need to save though, there's also Lady Blabla and Rober Parkson (a more tenuous leap but once you see the screenshot, you'll know who). Each of these stars even has their own special attack when the moment arises.
Crucially though, you need to protect them otherwise it's game over and your celebrity is overstressed or dead. No one wants that now do they?
The screen constantly scrolls to the right with your main method of control being to tap on the various enemies in order to shoot them. They're a varied bunch. There are snipers in high buildings, deranged drunken men, paparazzi desperate for a photo and even ninjas out to kill your client. Each of these requires slightly different tactics. Some might just need one shot but others need a few. Ninjas are particularly awkward with a punch to the face being the best way of dispatching them, thus meaning you need to wait till they're right next to you.
You've got more weapons on hand than just a handgun at least. As you progress, shotguns and assault rifles become more readily available for one thing. Plus of course there's the celebrity star power such as Rustin Beaver's ability to destroy everything on the carpet with his singing ability while Lady Blabla does a similar thing to the enemies on the rooftops.
It's all simple, never ending fun really. There's no level progression to speak of but you can unlock Lady Blabla and Rober Parkson by completing certain criteria such as a sufficient high score or a sufficient number of enemy kills, so there's a reason to play for longer. The app store description suggests that a future update will come with more characters such as Charlie Spleen which will be great to see.
As it stands, Celebrity Bodyguard is a very simple game to play but it's fun too. Accruing increasingly better multiplier scores is satisfying and there's enough going on to maintain your interest. I'm looking forward to new updates already.