Developer: Chillingo
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Some of my favorite iPhone apps make me reminisce of my high school days, spending many-a-period trying to bypass the schools web filters (for all you kids out there, mathtunnel.com and englishtunnel.com spared me from countless boring lectures). Minigore, brought to you by the recently very active Chillingo, is definitely one of these games. Some of my favorite flash based games like Goldminer have been brought to the iPhone in recent months, and while maybe by a different alias, I do believe it was Shakespeare who once asked, “what’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Basically if it smells like dog poopy, it’s dog poopy. Yeah, that’s catchy.

img_0021Minigore absolutely reminds me of Boxhead. If you haven’t played it, you should definitely check it out. It’s a blasty blast. Minigore is a great little app for the iPhone. It’s a shooter that puts you in the shoes of an enraged by oh-so-charming Scotsman who is faced with the daunting task of killing hundreds and hundreds of… Uhhh… I don’t really know what they are. There aren’t really any levels in this game. Basically the higher your score is, the more ass there is to kick. Every once in a while (and progressively less and less as the game goes on) a vanquished Gremilin will drop a four leaf clover, and after picking up three, our square scot is transformed into a supergremlin (that’s a word). It’s the equivalent of picking up a star in mario. When it happens, you know it’s time to take ass and kick some names.

The controls in Minigore work very well. Movement stick on the left, firing stick on the right. Whichever direction you push the firing stick is the way your gun will shoot. You can move and shoot at the same time and fire in a direction opposite from the way you are walking. Your character is pretty much just as fast as your Gremlin foes which is good. That’s one of those things that can ruin a good game like this. Chillingo definitely knows what they are doing.

img_0018Honestly I really wish I could write more about this game… I like having a resource to go to before I buy apps to make sure what I’m buying isn’t a big pile of crap that calls itself an app. I would like to educate you guys to the best of my ability but when it comes to Minigore there just isn’t a ton to talk about. It does what it’s suppose to do really well and does nothing else. The graphics and the sounds are great, the controls work really well, and the game was obviously made for the iPhone. It’s a quick play, you can pick it up and make an attempt to beat your high score and then angrily stuff your phone back in your pocket when you don’t. Minigore is a great little pick up and play kind of game. You don’t really have to talk about value when reviewing a game like this because it’s only a buck and it’s a load of fun. Last time I called a game to make the Top 25 I was totally wrong, but I would bet a game like this makes it. It’s really fun, no learning curve whatsoever, it looks good, and it will definitely appeal to the iPhones A.D.D. audience. Definitely pick this one up if you’re an iPhone gamer.

Like Lil Wayne said, “when I was five my favorite movie was the Gremlins, ain’t got nothin to do with this but I just thought that I should mention.” Lil Wayne loves Gremlins, shouldn’t you? Think about that America.

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