Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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SplitApple comes from developer MKO Games and lets you take on the role of an archer.
Your first impression of SplitApple will probably be that it's not particularly difficult to play – at least at first. Even if you've never played the game before, you can fairly easily pick it up, play around with it and enjoy yourself. However, the game is well designed in the sense that it's easy to play but quite difficult to master. The game definitely takes skill to play really well. This is because there's more to the game than simply aiming your bow and firing your arrows. In addition to having good aim, you must also deal with other factors, such as wind and distance. What's more, distance plays a key role in landing successful shots because you'll have to aim higher than further you are away from the target. It takes practice to develop your skill at SplitApple.
Your main goal here is to hit the bullseye, but the game rewards you for playing daringly. If you can manage to shoot down any of the apples in the tree hanging overhead -- and thereby perform a "SplitApple" -- you'll score big, earning an extra reward.
The game features three different modes. In Tournament, you must complete five rounds on an increasingly distant target. In Time Trial, you must get as many points as you can in under a minute. Finally, there's Practice, which lets you hone your archery skill within the confines of a practice screen.
SplitApple is one of those games that may not feature a lot of modes and extras, but that is okay. The meat and potatoes of the game is its archery system, which is designed well enough that there's room for true skill to develop. For anyone who feels intrigued by what's been described here, then do check it out. It's only $1.99 and it's a well-designed game for iOS.