Love Gears of War? Try Shadowgun for iPad and iPhone

Shadowgun, by Madfinger Games, is a realistic and engrossing third-person shooter game, with advanced combat A.I, solid controls for great gameplay, and gorgeously rendered environments and graphics.

It’s 2350 and in this corrupt, futuristic world, intergalactic corporations are in charge – hiring bounty hunters and mercenaries to fight for them. The best of these are called Shadowguns, and your character, John Slade, is the best of the best. The premise isn’t the most unique, but what shooter game does have an original storyline these days?

Slade’s been tasked with hunting down an evil scientist, so throughout the game, he will battle cyborgs, battle droids, and enhanced humanoids, using an array of deadly weapons.

Movement is controlled with a free move pad, which means you can put your left thumb (or right, if you reverse the controls) anywhere on the left hand side of the screen to walk around. Controlling the camera is done with your thumb on the right side of the screen, and shooting is controlled with the shoot button, also located on the right. These controls are intuitive, simple to use, and make this game frustration-free.

Ammo is limited, and you will pick it up along the way. That is also how you will get many new weapons, and you can carry two at once. Switch between weapons by tapping on your gun, and reload by tapping on the reload button located near the shoot button.

As in many shooters, leaping behind objects and taking over is imperative to your survival. Your character, Slade, will automatically leap behind objects when he is near, and will stay behind them so that you can shoot while protected. Moving away from cover objects requires a simple tap of the down button.

There are items in the environment to interact with, and when you come across one, the fire button will turn into an action button instead. Hacking safes and computers is an integral part of the game, and is done with a simple memory mini game.

The game has different difficulty levels, from easy to hard, so it’s suitable for a wide range of skill levels. Every stage in the game has several checkpoints throughout, so if you do die to an enemy, you only need to restart from the checkpoint rather than restarting the entire stage.

Shadowgun has Game Center integration with several achievements, plus hidden extras in some of the levels to unlock. There are a total of 9 chapters, for quite a bit of gameplay.

What I liked: The graphics are gorgeous, and the gamplay, while not unique, is well done and familiar. If you love Gears of War, you’ll love Shadowgun.

What I didn’t like: Gameplay can tend towards the repetitive, but I think that’s true of most games in this genre. Enter a room, take cover, shoot up enemies, rinse, and repeat. There is no multiplayer mode, which is sorely needed.

To buy or not to buy: If you’re a fan of third person shooters or action games, this is a game you won’t want to pass up.

  • App Name: Shadowgun
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0.4
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Madfinger Games
  • Price: $4.99
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