Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini
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Sine Mora is by far one of my favorite shooters of late, having played it originally on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita. It’s a game that has a unique story mode for players to progress through, along with arcade mode and score attack for those who want more challenges for high scores. Unfortunately, the iOS version of Sine Mora comes with a few issues.
Sine Mora, to begin with, forces players to log-in through Facebook if they want their progress or leaderboard scores saved. There isn’t any alternative either, the player must log-in to Facebook or not see their name on the leaderboards. I can look past that, slightly, because while it is just a leaderboard, it still takes away from the excitement of Arcade mode and Score Attack, should a user not have Facebook or not want to log-in through the app. Where's GameCenter?
Sine Mora easily captures the player’s attention right from the beginning with beautiful art that is represented throughout the entire game, providing players with a lovely experience to go along with the enjoyable gameplay. The same great gameplay is still present in the iOS version, though the virtual joypad is never a favorite option of mine. However, it does handle quite well in Sine Mora outside of a few tricky situations where sensitivity becomes an issue, especially when bullets are flying in by the hundreds. Here’s my major complaint; where are the alternative control options? There’s a good chance additional control configurations will be added in the future, but why isn’t there currently an option to use my finger to guide the aircraft throughout each level? Especially when it’s a feature that’s available with the PlayStation Vita version of the game.
At its current state, Sine Mora is still worthy of the asking price as players can get good casual enjoyment out of the Story mode. Players can take numerous hits and still make their way to the end without too much trouble, though it does significantly increase in difficulty as players approach the final stages. While the visuals are a big talking point for this game, the boss battles make the game even more amazing with their multiple segments of boss killing fun. It’s great to disable a “boss train”, one train car at a time, or disabling a large mechanical boss one part at a time, all while dealing with hundreds of bullets and seeker missiles.
Sine Mora is a fantastic game even though the iOS version isn’t quite up to par as compared with versions on other platforms. However, this iteration will be far more appealing once they add better touch control configurations. Everyone can still enjoy the story mode now, along with the multiple characters and their unique abilities, but hardcore shooter fans will have to wait for the additional touch screen controls to get the most out of the high score leaderboards.