Posts Tagged Action Game

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game Review

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Another blockbuster movie, another disappointing movie tie-in game. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game wears out its welcome before you can even finish saying the title.

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Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is one gorgeous-looking action/adventure game that’s just about ready to storm the App Store.

You’ll be guiding Prometheus through seven different acts and three possible difficulties, hacking up bad guys the whole way. He’ll also be collecting lots of gear, which is all upgradable and usually includes some sort of special ability such as causing poison damage. It’s not exactly a new idea, but I did think it as pretty cool how the armor sets will actually start to look different as you upgrade them.

I’m also curious to see how players take to the leaderboards. Normally I’m not much of a high score buff, but the leaderboards for Godfire are actually split across all versions of the game. So it’ll be interesting to see how the competition pans out – and will no doubt spark more physical vs. virtual control debates. To which I say “Bring it on!”

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus should be releasing on the App Store in the second Quarter of this year, and it’ll be a premium title.

Jungle Man: Strike Review

Jungle Man: Strike Review

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A great concept let down by its free-to-play system, Jungle Man Strike is average at best.

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Prince of Persia The Shadow and the Flame Review

Prince of Persia The Shadow and the Flame Review

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The Prince of Persia series gets yet another modernized port, and the App Store is all the better for it.

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2013logo_finalWhenever zombies and/or mutants have overrun the Earth, iOS gamers are always more than happy to take to the streets and start blasting. However, they haven’t had many opportunities to do so with friends. That’s why James Petty, president of Action Mobile Games, and the rest of the development team have been working on 2013: Infected Wars. They’re hoping to push the limits of what iOS gamers have come to expect from their action games, and James was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions about their soon-to-be-released project.

148Apps: What made you decide to create a co-op action game as opposed to a more typical single player affair?
James Petty (JP): There were a few reasons for that. One, it has never been done before on mobile so I wanted us to do something new and fun to try and stand out. Two, I thought it would be really well received by the community since playing multiplayer is always more fun. Three, because it is so difficult to pull off; my hope was Apple would feature us in the App Store at release.

emg 1148Apps: I was also wondering just how big the environments might be. Are there multiple paths to explore?
JP: They are not as big as some of the huge PC or console hits that many of us are familiar with. There are different paths you can take to some extent but we had to be creative to allow for the large number of creatures spawned at any given time. I wanted to make sure the player felt like the world was covered with infected. Most people probably don’t notice, but on mobile each unique creature takes a ton of resources which is why many games with higher end graphics will cap them at 3 or so. This wouldn’t work at all if we wanted to create hordes of enemies. So we were able to optimize the Unreal Engine to such an extent that we can have around 10 at any given time and have some amazing graphics to boot. With our custom spawn system you often don’t even notice the cap as we can have another enemy spawn as soon as one dies to really give you the feeling of an enemy ‘horde’.

148Apps: It looks like there’s a good mix of classes available (Field Support, Marine, Sniper, Sapper). Do you find that some compliment others better, and was it tough to balance them out?
JP: Yes, this was extremely tough to balance out. It would have been easy to just get rid of the classes and have a bunch of weapons but I think that removes some of the depth you can achieve when you get to choose a strategy and see if it works. The field support in my opinion is the easiest class to master, and I suggest this for any player who isn’t as experienced with mobile gaming. The sniper and Sapper are the most challenging and work better in multiplayer.

7148Apps: What sort of persistent character progression can we expect in 2013: Infected Wars? Do the characters actually learn skills or become more powerful, or is it more of a rank-based system that unlocks new gear?
JP: There is no gear unlocking in 2013: Infected Wars; instead, the more money you earn from killing infected and the less you die the more money you have. However each class gets benefits with certain weapon types, and as you level up the weapons in that class become more affordable. You also get unique bonuses for each class but there isn’t a special move per say. The game is designed to offer fun replayability and you are meant to die. If you challenge players and they realize a mistake is going to cause them to die, lose weapons, and then have to try a mission again it really ups the intensity. I believe the mobile gaming community is really wanting a challenge and I stand 100% by 2013: Infected Wars being the most challenging mobile shooter that will be in the App Store.


148Apps: What would you consider to be 2013: Infected Wars’ most significant feature?
JP: Definitely the fact we have a true full co-op campaign with a ton of content and true hordes of zombies and other infected to kill. And larger than life bosses that actually move around. This has never been done on mobile before and I really hope the community enjoys it. In fact we are already working on our first new content update before the game even hits the App Store.

We’d like to thank James again for taking the time to answer our questions. If you’re anxious to get your co-op mutant blasting on, keep an eye out. 2013: Infected Wars should be hitting the App Store within the next couple of weeks and set you back $6.99. Expect a full review from 148Apps when it does!

A Ride into the Mountains Review

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As understated as just about every aspect of A Ride into the Mountains might be, everything comes together to craft a truly impressive experience.

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BLOODMASQUE Review

BLOODMASQUE Review

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The option to add a custom photo face to the main character in BLOODMASQUE is a total gimmick, but the game said gimmick is attached to is actually pretty cool.

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Iron Force Review

Iron Force Review

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It's tough to choose between enjoying Iron Force and loathing it when half of the matches feel one-sided.

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MetalWars3 Review

MetalWars3 Review

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MetalWars3 is a great improvement over its predecessors but it's still got a ways to go.

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Deus Ex: The Fall Review

Deus Ex: The Fall Review

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Deus Ex: The Fall goes to great lengths to lovingly recreate the same cybernetic corporate espionage experience of the console original, however it doesn't entirely shake that mobile game feeling.

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Cross Horizon Review

Cross Horizon Review

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A little too much importance placed on premium currency drags down an otherwise perfectly enjoyable action RPG.

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League of Evil 3 Review

League of Evil 3 Review

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League of Evil 3 is exactly the sort of quality action platformer you'd expect, but it piles on the hurt a little too much and a little too fast.

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Call of Mini: DinoHunter Review

Call of Mini: DinoHunter Review

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Hunt dinosaurs to make better weapons to hunt more dinosaurs to make even better weapons to hunt even more dinosaurs, etc. Works for me!

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Combo Crew Review

Combo Crew Review

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Certain rather important maneuvers can be difficult to pull of with any regularity, but Combo Crew is fun enough for it to not matter very much.

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Zombie Fish Tank Review

Zombie Fish Tank Review

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This is one big (and incredibly vicious) fish in a very small pond.

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Kite Surfer Review

Kite Surfer Review

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Kite Surfer looks good and controls great, although it's also a little light on content.

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Fire & Forget: The Final Assault Review

Fire & Forget: The Final Assault Review

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Fire & Forget: The Final Assault is one crazy post-apocalyptic ride.

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Ninja Wrath Review

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It may not look like it at first glance, but Ninja Wrath is actually one incredibly slick iOS action game.

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Dark Avenger Review

Dark Avenger Review

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Dark Avenger certainly isn't the deepest or most compelling action RPG on the App Store but it can be good fun in short bursts.

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LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Review

LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Review

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I am vengeance. I am the night. I am absolutely loving LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes!

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Madmonster Review

Madmonster Review

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Okay, I'll admit it: bouncing off of tanks and helicopters as a giant monster is pretty great.

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Alien Zone Review

Alien Zone Review

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Alien Zone is an amateurish, futuristic dungeon crawler that's really worth a look.

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HEAVY – sword Review

HEAVY – sword Review

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The swords are indeed massive and there's a surprising amount of platforming goodness to be had, but problematic controls sour the experience.

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Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet Review

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Torching goblins, crushing trolls, and making harpies explode is just as much fun as it sounds.

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Infect Them All 2: Zombies Review

Infect Them All 2: Zombies Review

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More can sometimes equate to better, even when it involves hordes of flesh-eating corpses.

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I freaking love mech games. It’s just a shame that this is a largely ignored genre on the App Store. Or at least it was, until Small Impact Games took it upon themselves to show it some love.

M3CH looks to be the answer to iOS mech combat fans’ prayers. Of course showing a little love yourself on the developer’s Kickstarter page might speed things up a bit. It evokes a similar feeling to other gritty/semi-realistic mech piloting titles and sports some pretty impressive production values. I had to pry myself away to ask M3CH’s animator, James Rowbotham, about Small Impact Games’ baby.


Were there any particularly major influences in the design of M3CH‘s world? I know it’s not exactly the same but I’m getting a pretty strong Steel Battalion vibe from it.

At the time 3D iOS games exploded, we were playing a very mixed bag of games but fortunately they were all with the same genre, Mechs! We just loved the direction the iOS store was heading, it was screaming for a game with user-friendly touch-screen controls but with the in depth details you get in our favourite mech games.

Surprisingly however, Killzone 2 was a big inspiration in terms of AI and cover based action. What some mech games lack is the use of buildings as cover and enemy’s that work together to out flank you, something we saw that had been untapped in the genre (a lot of open spaces/terrain), so we looked at the great AI in Killzone and their behaviour and found a way to work it into our game.

You folks have done a bang-up job with the control scheme. Was it the product of rigorous testing and polishing or did you know right from the start how you wanted to handle it?

The aim with M3CH since the beginning has been to try and create an iOS game that doesn’t feel like it’s an iOS game, and more like a console experience. Touchscreen controls are notorious for being hard to use and something that we really wanted to nail. We went through a lot of different iterations to get to where we are now; having both shoot buttons on one side, holding down shoot instead of the auto toggle system, putting the shoot buttons on the thumbsticks and a lot more. We are keeping open minded about it and although we are getting later into development if we have an idea for an even better control set then we will be sure to test it out!

Were there any mech designs you wanted to include that ended up being scrapped?

There are quite a few that didn’t make it into the game (we already have 40 different mechs in the game). At the moment we have a mix of legs styles such as reversed legs in the game but [an] animalistic style is something we are keen on in terms of animation and how the mechs behave.

What exactly are your plans for the multiplayer?

We are hitting some technical limitations which means it most likely be 1-on-1 to start with. We would love to get a larger number of players battling at the same time (8v8 is the dream!), especially where the winning players get new weapons unlocked and credits to spend. At the moment its deathmatch style gameplay but we have plans set for objective based multiplayer.

Are you allowed to talk pricing?
It’s still early days but we are hoping for around the £1.99 [$2.99] price range. One thing we are certain of however is that we don’t want pushy monetization and in-app purchasing interrupting your gameplay experience, all mechs and weapons are attainable without too much grinding and we reward dedicated hard working players with big payouts.

How about a release date?
As for a released date, a lot of that depends on the kickstarter campaign, if we are successful then we are aiming for an April release this year.


Capsized+ Review

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Never got around to playing Capsized when it was released for PC? Well there's no excuse to miss out on it now.

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Crazy Bill Review

Crazy Bill Review

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Crazy Bill is a lot more fun than it has any right to be, just watch out for the nearly invisible pitfalls. No, seriously, they're like tiny hole-shaped ninjas.

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Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan Review

Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan Review

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Even without all the hand-drawn visuals Ku: Shroud of the Morrigan is still a noteworthy adventure game.

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Zenonia 5 Review

Zenonia 5 Review

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It's got a few refinements that might need refining, but Zenonia 5 is still mostly the exemplary iOS action RPG we all expected.

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