Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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10 More Bullets is like a passionate yet short-lived love affair. At first every second is magnificent, leaving one desperate for more. As time goes by though, one realizes that they've reached their potential here. They've grabbed everything that 10 More Bullets has to offer. The spark is still there but it feels a little hollow. That's an overly dramatic but fairly accurate description for this game.
The concept is simple, which is exactly what works so well for it. Players are confronted by a screen full of enemy ships going from side to side, and provided with only 10 bullets. Hit a ship with a bullet and a small chain reaction can occur, which is the key to success here. At first it feels random, but soon enough one begins to figure out strategies and ideal opportunities to make the most of those precious bullets.
10 More Bullets expands on the concept by providing upgrades and power-ups. Upgrades are bought via the coins earned by destroying enemy ships, and they come in handy. There's an upgrade for boosting the size of the explosions, expanding the number of power-ups that can be used at any one time, how big the ship waves are, and how many 'grabbers' are around, which help seek out power-ups.
Each upgrade makes a noticeable difference and chain reactions soon prove quite impressive to see, plus the points rack up and the gold comes flying in. Power-ups can be as simple as offering a score multiplier and providing free bullets for a short time or extra gold through a raining style effect. There's always something going on within 10 More Bullets that makes it seem frantically exciting.
The problem is that it doesn't take long to unlock all of 10 More Bullets's upgrades. Once that happens, gold can be used to unlock extra shots at the end of a game, but that's it. There's that itch to be able do more, and suddenly 10 More Bullets doesn't seem quite as thrilling as it once did. It'll still enjoy a place on my iOS device for a time, but that frantic love stage passed frustratingly quickly.