Price: $0.99 (usually $1.99)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Operation Wolf was a fantastic game back in the day. I have very fond memories of playing through it as a child. Operation Wow goes some way to providing me with that experience again.
Offering three different modes of play, there's a reasonable amount to sink your teeth in. The meat of it comes from the arcade mode, which provides six stages in all to shoot your way through. Controls are simple and very responsive - simply tap at your foes to shoot them. If you want to toss a grenade, all that's needed is a quick sweep up the screen to throw it. It's intuitive and it works perfectly. The addition of multi touch support is a great thing to see as it means you can fire at various different enemies at once. Something that quickly becomes vital in harder stages and higher difficulty levels. Each stage has its own theme comprising of all the typical stages of a shooter such as an army base, jungle, warehouse and airport.
It's an easy game to get to grips with and there's a welcome change of pace with the addition of multi touch shooting as well as the ability to create chain reactions. All the nice Operation Wolf style touches are there such as a vulture flying over the top of the screen, nurses getting in the way and the increasingly frantic nature of the game.
Besides the arcade mode, there's also the inclusion of two minigames: Targets and Meat Ninja. Both of these are pretty frivolous but you might find them briefly enjoyable. Targets is as simple as the name suggests, Meat Ninja involves you shooting at flying joints of meat.
GameCenter leaderboards and achivements are good to see and satisfying to accomplish. As well as that, the general appearance of Operation Wow works without overcomplicating matters. This is Operation Wow all over really, providing easy thrills and doing exactly what you'd expect from a homage to operation Wolf. It won't set the world on fire with its originality but you will enjoy your time with it.